Montana State University

Mountains and Minds

Signs and symptoms of celiac disease syndrome October 12, 2012
Photo Illustration by Bridget Ashcraft & Kelly Gorham • Published 10/12/12

The following symptoms may not all be experience by any one patient, but are an outline of possibilites.
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A diagram of the of how food elements affect the body

"Gluten Man” is composed of products that contain gluten. It was created from information provided by the Montana Celiac Society. List partially compiled from Lifeline, Celiac Sprue Association/USA (CSA/USA 1995), Revision by R. Jean Powell, MCS.


1 Psychological System

Nervousness, depression, anxiety

2 Endocrine, Immunologic System

Secondary hyperparathyroidism (overactivity of parathyroid glands), hypopituitarism (reduced hormones from the pituitary gland), thyroid disorders, diabetes, lymphoma, neoplasia (tumor formation), sarcoidosis (enlargement of the lymph nodes), pulmonary diseases, abscesses, autoimmune/collagen diseases, glomerulonephritis (renal IgA deposits)

3 Hematopoietic (blood) System

Anemia, iron and folic acid deficiency, deficiency of coagulation factors (blood clotting), marked atrophy (shrinkage) of the spleen, pallor, headache, dizziness and dyspnea (breathing difficulty)

4 Nervous System

Polyneuritis (disorder of peripheral nerves), myelopathy (disease of the spinal cord or bone marrow), encephalomyeloradiculopathy (any disease or disorder affecting the brain), optic neuritis, night blindness, ataxia, demyelination, seizures

5 Gastrointestinal System

Diarrhea, periodic constipation, vomiting, flatulence, paralytic ileus (inability of bowels to pass contents), abdominal pain, enlarged liver, pruritus (itching), anorexia, excessive appetite, glossitis (inflammation of the tongue), stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth), lactose intolerance, lactose deficiency, steatorrhea (excess fat in feces), abnormal bacterial flora, ulcerative colitis, volvulus (twisting of the bowel)

6 Reproductive System

Male: Decreased fertility, impotence, hypogonadism
Female: Menstrual disorders, delayed menarche, early menopause, infertility, miscarriages

7 Musculoskeletal System

Bone pain, generalized osteoporosis, rickets, compression fractures, muscular weakness, tetany (severe muscle spasms), parathesias (tingling)

8 Skin, Hair and Nails

Dry, scaly, hyperpigmented, itchy skin, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, herpetiformis lesions, hair loss, brittle and/or abnormal nails, clubbing of fingers

9 General

Weight loss and generalized malnutrition, edema and ascites (excess fluid in the abdomen), low systolic blood pressure, slight pyrexia (fever), nocturia (awakening at night to urinate)