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Because of the broad range of symptoms, celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose. Intestinal signs and symptoms are many and varied, but can include: nausea, vomiting, painful bloating and distention of the abdomen, cramping, flatulence, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, fatty/greasy stools that are excessively foul-smelling, bloody stools, and stools that float on top of the water in the toilet bowl. Other symptoms can include easy bruising, muscle weakness, poor balance, numbness or tingling in the arms and legs, weight loss, and fluid retention.

Is There a Cure for Celiac Disease?

There is no cure for celiac disease. In order to stay well and allow the villi of the small intestine to heal, persons with celiac disease must adhere to a lifelong gluten-free diet. Studies have shown that persons with celiac disease who continue to eat gluten have increased chances of gastrointestinal cancer at a rate of 40 to 100 times that of the normal population. Additionally, gastrointestinal carcinoma develops in up to 15 percent of persons with untreated celiac disease.