What is the primary treatment for celiac disease (sprue)?

Updated: Nov 29, 2019
  • Author: Stephan U Goebel, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The primary management of celiac disease is dietary, but research into novel nondietary therapy is ongoing. [6, 7] Complete elimination of gluten-containing grain products (including wheat, rye, and barley) is essential to treatment. [31, 20, 32]  Although the majority of patients will celiac disease respond to a gluten-free diet, persistent/recurrent symptoms affect up to 20%. [8] Moreover, complete avoidance of gluten-containing grain products is relatively difficult for patients to achieve and maintain because certain products, such as wheat flour, are virtually ubiquitous in the American diet.

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