Faecal calprotectin test helps to distinguish between inflammatory bowel diseases and non-inflammatory bowel diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
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Coeliac disease is an immune disorder in which genetically pre-disposed individuals cannot tolerate gluten because it damages the inner lining of their small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients. This is where the immune system – the body's defence against infection – mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley and occasionally in some products such as vitamin and nutrient supplements, lip balms, and certain medications. Gluten is found in any food that contains the above cereals, including:
Coeliac disease is a common condition that affects approximately 1 in every 100 people in the UK. However, some experts think this may be an underestimate because milder cases may go undiagnosed or be misdiagnosed as other digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
In 2009, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued guidance on the recognition and assessment of coeliac disease. The guidance recommended testing for adults or children with the following signs or symptoms:
Testing is also recommended if you have a close relative (parent, sibling or child) with coeliac disease or if you have the following conditions:
In some circumstances, testing may also be recommended if you have any of the following conditions:
There is no cure for coeliac disease but most people with coeliac disease have as significant improvement in symptoms when they follow a gluten free diet.
Coeliac UK: Coeliac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. 1 in 100 people have the condition. Symptoms include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, sudden or unexpected weight loss (but not in all cases), hair loss and anaemia. Click here to read