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Celiac Disease Referral Guidelines

Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune condition that affects approximately 1% of the global population.  When patients with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye), this initiates an immune response that leads to inflammation and damage to the nutrient-absorbing villi in the small intestine.  Both inflammation and malnutrition caused by celiac disease can lead to severe limitations of bodily functions and complications that have significant effects on children and their families.  The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet.