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  • Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease where the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten.
  • For people with coeliac disease, even small amounts of gluten can damage the lining of the small intestine (bowel), which prevents the proper absorption of food nutrients.
  • If you have coeliac disease, damage can occur to your small intestine even if you have no symptoms.
  • Correct diagnosis of coeliac disease can only be made by gastroscopy.
  • There is no cure, but coeliac disease can be managed by a lifelong gluten-free diet. 
  • A person with coeliac disease can still have a nutritious, balanced and varied diet. 

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Reviewed on: 08-02-2019