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Ask the Doc: Could IBS be celiac?

Q. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Is it possible that I could actually have Celiac Disease?

A. Most certainly. Studies have shown that about 30% of patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS, and a significant, but lesser percentage who have constipation, bloating, pain and alternating forms actually have Celiac Disease. There are many celiacs in my practice who came to see me because their “IBS” was not responding to any treatment, but have made complete recoveries when diagnosed and placed on a gluten-free diet.
Health and happiness,
Dr. Aron

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