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Celiac Sprue (cont.)

Celiac Disease Medications

  • In a small percentage of persons with celiac disease, the condition fails to respond to a gluten-free diet alone. In some people whose conditions are unresponsive, corticosteroids or lactose restrictions may be helpful.
  • In people whose conditions do not respond well to corticosteroid therapy, other medical conditions should be considered.

Celiac Disease Outlook

Celiac disease begins to improve within days of starting a gluten-free diet. Complete healing of the small intestine usually occurs in 3-6 months, although it may take up to 2 years in older persons.

Support Groups and Counseling

Careful and extensive education of a person with celiac disease and their family is often necessary to achieve full compliance. A registered dietitian may be very helpful in providing information and educational resources.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


UpToDate. Patient information: Celiac disease in adults (Beyond the Basics).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/26/2016
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