Celiac Disease

Celiac disease, also known as Celic Sprue and Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy, is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine when food containing gluten, a form of protein found in some grains, is eaten. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate. Gluten intolerance can occur when a patient has digestive discomfort when eating gluten, but the bowel is not damaged.