Elonwy can attest to the fact that it often takes patients complaining of symptoms for months-years before internists and GI docs make the diagnosis. Anyone with unexplained weight loss, iron deficiency anemia, diarrhea, excessive flatulance should be tested as we now realize the prevalance is much higher than we expected. Anyone who is diagnosed with irritable bowel disease should make sure this has been ruled out first. With blood tests that are pretty specific for Celiac disease we are diagnosing more ADULTS with the disease and 20% of new diagnoses are in pts >60 yrs old.
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