Celiac Disease Specialist

Triborough GI

Gastroenterology located in Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Staten Island, NY

If you have celiac disease, consuming gluten can trigger an immune response in your small intestine that may eventually lead to malnutrition – no matter how much food you eat. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI are experts at the diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease. They have three locations in New York for your convenience – Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx – and are committed to providing superior medical care in a welcoming and patient-focused environment. If you’re having problems with gluten, schedule a visit today. Call the office of your choice or book your appointment online.

Celiac Disease Q&A

What is celiac disease?

The condition is caused by an immune reaction that’s triggered by consuming gluten, which is a protein found in rye, wheat, and barley. Celiac disease can affect infants, children, and adults.

This immune response can eventually damage the tiny hair-like projections lining your small intestine (villi), which play a vital role in absorbing nutrients in the foods and beverages you consume. Damage to the villi can eventually cause malnutrition, no matter how much food you eat.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Individuals with celiac disease often experience diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and abdominal bloating. Other symptoms of celiac may include:

  • An itchy, blistery skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Headaches
  • Numbness and tingling in the feet and hands
  • Problems with balance
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Joint pain

Symptoms of celiac disease in a child under two may include:

  • Vomiting or chronic diarrhea
  • Swollen belly
  • Failure to thrive
  • Poor appetite

The malnutrition related to celiac disease can impact childhood growth and development, which may lead to short stature, learning disabilities, delayed puberty, and other developmental problems.

How did I get celiac disease?

Celiac disease is related to an immune response, but its exact cause is unknown. Some factors appear to increase your risk of developing celiac disease, including:

  • Family history of celiac disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease, such as Graves or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Addison's disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Celiac disease sometimes becomes active after surgery, childbirth, or other experiences that cause physical and emotional stress. Infections, imbalance of gut bacteria, or certain feeding practices may trigger celiac disease in infants.

How is celiac disease treated?

The first step in developing an effective treatment plan for celiac disease is obtaining an accurate diagnosis. This may include blood tests and diagnostic studies, such as an endoscopy to identify the extent of damage to your small intestine.

Otherwise, the only way to manage celiac disease is to eliminate gluten from your diet. This can be a complex undertaking, because many foods, vitamin supplements, and other products contain gluten. Your doctor may recommend you see a dietitian to help plan your gluten-free lifestyle. You might also require vitamin and mineral supplements to help replace the nutrients you lose due to celiac disease.

For an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and ongoing support regarding celiac disease, schedule an appointment at Triborough GI. Call one of the offices or book your visit online.