Celiac Disease (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Celiac disease is an immune system disorder in genetically predisposed people that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten. The risk for the disease may be inherited, since about 10% of first-degree relatives (mother, father, brother, sister, son, or daughter) of people who have celiac disease also develop the condition. In people who are genetically predisposed, celiac disease may be triggered by environmental factors, including viral and bacterial infections.
People who have celiac disease are also more likely than others to have:
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