What is the most common symptom in untreated celiac disease?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Stephan U Goebel, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Diarrhea is the most common symptom in untreated celiac disease and is present in 45-85% of all patients. Diarrhea caused by celiac disease is due to the maldigestion and malabsorption of nutrients. The stools might be watery or semiformed, light tan or gray, and oily or frothy. The stools have a characteristic foul odor. In infants and young children, extensive diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration, electrolyte depletion, and metabolic acidosis.


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