Also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy, this genetic
autoimmune disorder is characterized by a reaction to the ingestion
of gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley). This reaction
causes damage to the structures in the small intestine that are involved
in nutrient absorption (known as villi) and many conditions of malnutrition
can occur. As published in Archives of Internal Medicine, it is
currently estimated that the prevalence of celiac disease is 1 in 133
Americans. Additionally, a Finnish study published in Gastroenterolgy
in 2006, found that the incidence of this disease is rising, perhaps
as much as doubling in the last 20 years.
The Kogan Celiac Center is made possible through the generous support
of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kogan.
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