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What causes celiac disease?

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It's not completely clear what causes celiac disease. Certain genes may make you more likely to have it. Some people only get it after pregnancy or severe stress. An infection can also trigger the disease.

From: Is It Celiac or IBS? WebMD Medical Reference

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Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: "Celiac disease hidden among IBS patients?"

Sainsbury A. . Published online Dec. 2012. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Cash B. . Published online July 2011. Gastroenterology

Mayo Clinic: "Celiac disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "About IBS."

SutterHealth.org.

Celiac Disease Foundation.

Rubio-Tapia A. . Published online July 2012. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Biesiekierski J. . Published online January 2011. American Journal of Gastroenterology

National Institutes of Health: "What is celiac disease?"

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: "Celiac disease hidden among IBS patients?"

Sainsbury A. . Published online Dec. 2012. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Cash B. . Published online July 2011. Gastroenterology

Mayo Clinic: "Celiac disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "About IBS."

SutterHealth.org.

Celiac Disease Foundation.

Rubio-Tapia A. . Published online July 2012. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Biesiekierski J. . Published online January 2011. American Journal of Gastroenterology

National Institutes of Health: "What is celiac disease?"

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

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