Why is weight loss variable in celiac disease (sprue)?

Updated: Nov 29, 2019
  • Author: Stephan U Goebel, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Weight loss (present in 45% of all patients) is variable because some patients might compensate for the malabsorption by increasing their dietary intake. In infants and young children with untreated celiac disease, failure to thrive and growth retardation are common.


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