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Ask the Doc: Celiac triggered by abdominal surgery?

Posted By Alison On Mar 21, 2009 @ In Ask the Doc,Symptoms | 3 Comments

Q. I noticed your answer to a question about celiac disease that its onset could be caused by abdominal surgery. How is this possible? How often does it happen? I have just recently started seeing a homeopathic MD and one of the tests showed a borderline gluten allergy and thyroid imbalance. All of my symptoms have worsened through 2 pregnancies that resulted in post partum induced thyroidism and an ectopic that ruptured requiring surgery. Your comment about surgery causing celiac disease is interesting. Thank you for any info you can share.

A. Many with latent celiac disease will have activation of the disease after any abdominal surgical procedure; the mechanism is obscure, but is thought to be a result of an intense inflammatory response to the operation.  Non-celiac mimicking conditions such as the Irritable Bowel Syndrome are similarly activated.

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Dr. Aron

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