Celiac disease is a genetically linked intestinal immune reaction triggered by eating gluten. While there are some patients you are probably testing for this condition, there could be a lot more. Of the 3 million Americans with celiac disease, only 17% are diagnosed.1 If left undiagnosed and untreated, the disease can cause a range of additional health complications, including osteoporosis, malignancies, infertility, and even premature death.

COMMON CELIAC SYMPTOMS

There are over 300 symptoms and conditions related to celiac disease. They can show up alone or in any number of combinations. There is also a high percentage of people with celiac disease who are asymptomatic. That can make it hard to decide who should be tested. For a more complete list of possible celiac disease symptoms, visit QuestDiagnostics.com

Test your patients who exhibit any of the following:

Bloating Bloating

Constipation Constipation

depression Depression

diarrheaDiarrhea

discolored-teeth Discolored Teeth

Fatigue Fatigue

gas Gas

Headaches Headaches

HEARTBURN_edit Heartburn

Infertility Infertility

irritability Irritability

Itchy Skin Rash Itchy Skin Rash

pale-mouth-sores Mouth Sores

STOMACH-PAIN_edit Stomach Pain

Thin Bones Thin Bones

You should also be testing family members of your diagnosed patients and people with common comorbidities such as type 1 diabetes, other autoimmune conditions such as thyroid disease, or Down, Turner, or Williams syndromes.

Reference: 1. Celiac disease facts and figures. National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Web site. http://www.celiaccentral.org/celiac-disease/facts-and-figures/. Accessed October 21, 2013.