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Best Celiac Disease Gastroenterologist Specialists in NYC

Are you looking for a top Celiac Disease specialist in the triborough area? If you have Celiac Disease, consuming gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine, eventually leading to malnutrition. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI are experts at the diagnosis and treatment of Celiac Disease. Our Staten Island, Bronx, or Brooklyn specialists can perform diagnostic procedures and treatments at any of our Triborough GI clinics. If you are having problems with gluten, schedule a visit today. Call the office at (718) 332-0600 or book your appointment online.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an abnormal immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. When a person with Celiac Disease eats gluten, it damages their villi, small finger-like projections found along the lining of the small intestine. 

Once the villi are damaged, the small intestine loses the ability to properly absorb nutrients, minerals and vitamins such as iron, calcium and Vitamin B. 

Left untreated, it may result in various complications such as malnourishment, infertility, loss of bone density or even cancers such as intestinal lymphoma. 

Celiac Disease can affect infants, children and adults.

What are the symptoms of Celiac Disease?

Common symptoms of Celiac Disease include diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and failure to gain weight. 

Other symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Itchy, blistery skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Headaches
  • Numbness and tingling in the feet and hands
  • Problems with balance
  • Anemia
  • Joint pain
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Steatorrhoea
  • Bloating & Gas
  • Poor appetite
  • Constipation
  • Loss of bone density
  • Damage to tooth enamel
  • Lactose Intolerance

The malnutrition related to Celiac Disease can impact childhood growth and development, which may lead to stunted growth, delayed puberty and other developmental problems.

If you are experiencing or have questions about the symptoms of Celiac Disease please call (718) 332-0600 today to speak with one of our Triborough GI doctors.

What causes 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 upper endoscopy to identify the extent of damage to your small intestine.

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 Triborough GI gastroenterologist 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.

Triborough GI has the top NYC gastroenterologists in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Our doctors provide only the most specialized and extensive care. Our motto is that the patient’s care comes first! Highly reputable and top rated in NYC, our gastroenterologists will thoroughly examine, diagnose and treat you in any way they can. 

Schedule an appointment at (718) 332-0600 today with one of our Triborough GI doctors at our Brooklyn, Staten Island or Bronx locations for any questions or concerns you have regarding Celiac Disease.