While individuals presenting with severe and classical celiac disease may have steatorrhea and evidence of malabsorption including decreased serum levels of cholesterol, carotene, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and albumin, increased levels of alkaline phosphatase and a prolonged prothrombin time, many patients with celiac disease do not have overt malabsorption. More common laboratory manifestations are parameters of iron deficiency and sometimes folate deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency can occur in celiac disease, but is relatively rare. The D-xylose test and barium studies have little role in the current assessment of patients with celiac disease. Endoscopic findings include scalloping or the absence of duodenal folds, but these are both insensitive and not entirely specific markers for celiac disease . Videocapsule imaging and enteroscopy can play a role in addition to standard esophagogastroduodenoscopy in some cases of celiac disease .
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What Is The Gluten Free Diet And What You Need To Know Before You Try It. You may have heard the term gluten free, and you may even have a general idea as to what it means to eat a gluten free diet. Most people believe this type of diet is a curse for those who simply cannot tolerate the protein known as gluten, as they will never be able to eat any food that contains wheat, rye, barley, malts, or triticale.