Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, a Celiac Disease specialist, of Manhattan Gastroenterology located on NYC’s Upper East Side,offers best in class Celiac disease treatments.
Celiac disease is characterized by an allergy and inability to digest gluten. When gluten is ingested it damages and inflames the intestinal wall so they are unable to absorb nutrients. Gluten intolerance does not damage the intestines to the same degree as in celiac disease but can still be debilitating. Removal of all foods containing gluten will alleviate the disorder.
Causes of Celiac Disease
- Celiac disease is thought to be hereditary.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
- A very itchy skin rash with blisters
- Abdominal cramping
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Mood changes
How common is Celiac Disease?
Nearly 1 out of every 133 Americans suffer from Celiac Disease, according to a new study by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore. The research indicates that Celiac Disease is twice as common as Crohn’s disease, ulceric colitis and cystic fibrosis combined.
How is Celiac Disease diagnosed?
Celiac disease can be hard to discover because its symptoms are like many other digestive diseases. People with Celiac Disease can go untreated for many years. If Dr. Shawn Khodadadian (a Celiac Disease Specialist) thinks you have Celiac Disease, you will probably need a blood test. You will need to follow your regular diet before and while being tested. If you don’t, the results could be wrong or inconclusive.
If your blood test results show you might have Celiac Disease, the doctor may perform a biopsy to make sure celiac disease is the problem. For a biopsy, the doctor takes a small piece of tissue from your small intestine. To get to your small intestine, the doctor puts a long tube into your mouth and down into your stomach. At the end of the tube are small tools for snipping out the bit of tissue needed to view with a microscope. You will take medicine before the biopsy that makes you very sleepy. It also keeps you from feeling any pain. Many people sleep through the procedure and you will not feel anything during the procedure.
What is the treatment for Celiac Disease?
Currently, there are no drugs to treat Celiac Disease and there is no cure. But celiac disease patients can lead normal, healthy lives by following a gluten free diet. This means avoiding all products derived from wheat, rye, and barley.
As a best rated NYC Upper East Side gastroenterologist (GI doctor), Dr. Shawn Khodadadian provides highly personalized and comprehensive care. His philosophy regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned him one of the most respected reputations in NYC.
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