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Celiac Disease - When To Call a Doctor

Call a doctor if you or your child has symptoms of celiac disease, such as:

  • Unexpected weight loss.
  • Diarrhea that lasts longer than 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Failure of a child to grow or gain weight as expected.
  • Unusual fatigue or mood changes, especially if these last more than a week and aren't related to any other illness, such as the flu.

If you or your child has been diagnosed with celiac disease, call a doctor if:

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  • Symptoms continue, come back, or get worse.

Watchful waiting

If you think that you or your child may have celiac disease, watchful waiting is appropriate if mild symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting last only for a few days. Talk with a doctor if your child continues to have diarrhea and doesn't seem to be gaining weight as expected even though he or she has a good appetite.

Who to see

Health professionals who may evaluate symptoms of celiac disease in adults or children include:

A doctor who specializes in problems with the digestive system (gastroenterologist) should be consulted to confirm the diagnosis with a small intestine biopsy. In addition, a dietitian can help you plan and stay on a gluten-free diet.

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 16, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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