Coeliac disease (CD) is a small bowel disorder caused by proteins in wheat, rye and barley. These proteins are called ”gluten”. Because of some genetic factors, the small bowel of a coeliac does not tolerate gluten, upon which an immunological inflammation occurs damaging the villi in the small bowel. Due to the damaged villi, the bowel of a coeliac patient cannot utilise nutrients normally. This may lead to a wide variety of symptoms or signs of malabsorption.
Is it Coeliac Disease? Coeliac Patient at Doctor’s Appointment
Coeliac patient learns about her disease at doctor’s appointment in this video clip by the Finnish Coeliac Society.