Gluten Sensitivity

Problems of an Emerging Condition Separate From Celiac Disease

Amy C Brown


Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012;6(1):43-55. 

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Delayed Diagnosis

A major problem for people with gluten sensitivity is that physicians using tests for celiac disease simply state that the client does not have celiac disease, leaving uniformed patients to fend for themselves. Symptoms continue, but the yet unanswered question remains: 'Are people with gluten sensitivity at risk for the same long-term, serious systematic side-effects of celiac disease (Box 2)?'

It is suggested that the debate on whether or not gluten sensitivity even exists is interfering with the very real need of it being recognized, treated and researched. It is time to recognize the numerous clinical cases of gluten sensitivities in adults and the need to formally confirm this through research. In addition, a renewed recognition needs to occur of the already medically established fact that a second bimodal wave of celiac disease can occur in adults, and not just in infants and children under 3 years of age with the classic symptoms of stunted growth, emaciation, anemia, pot-belly, diarrhea and foul smelling, pale stools. The failure to recognize that celiac disease can also occur later in life, results in a time to diagnosis that is often up to a decade. Is the same scenario occurring for patients with gluten sensitivity?