FAQ: Conditions Associated with Celiac Disease

*Words that are starred (*) have definitions at the bottom.

  * Key Word Definitions:

Autoimmune disease: diseases in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body; examples are celiac disease, thyroid disease, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes

Cerebellar ataxia: poor or no coordination of voluntary movements that occur as a manifestation of a disease of the brain

Cerebral calcification: a process by which organic tissue becomes hardened by the physiologic deposit of calcium salts

Hodgkins lymphoma: a malignant disease with progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, spleen, and general lymphoid tissue

IgA deficiency: a deficiency of the antibody that protects the mucous membranes

IgA nephropathy: deposits of IgA antibodies in the kidney

Myalgias: muscular pain or tenderness

Oropharyngeal: upper part of the throat

Psoriasis: a skin condition that causes scaly patches to develop on the body

Systemic lupus erythematous: a chronic, relapsing, inflammatory, and often febrile multisystemic disorder of connective tissue

Vitiligo: a chronic condition that results in the loss of skin pigment

Revision Date: 10-8-13
Authors: Clinicians of the Celiac Center, Javier Villafuerte MD, Rohini Vanga MD, with assistance from Annie Peer
Editors: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and Daniel Leffler MD, MS


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