DRHC Dubai Gastroenterology Clinic

Celiac Disease at DRHC Dubai

Understanding Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, triggers an immune response that damages the small intestine. This condition can lead to malabsorption of nutrients and a variety of health issues if left untreated.

While classical celiac disease presents in children with diarrhea and growth retardation, it is becoming quite common for celiac disease to present in adults with bloating, gas, fatigue, anemia and osteoporosis.

Causes of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten. Key factors include:

  • Genetics: A family history of celiac disease increases the risk.
  • Immune System Dysfunction: The body's immune system mistakenly attacks the small intestine when gluten is consumed. The cause of this immune dysfunction is unknown.
  • Environmental Triggers: Certain environmental factors, such as infections, can trigger the onset of celiac disease in genetically predisposed individuals.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

The symptoms of celiac disease can vary widely and may include:

  • Digestive Issues: Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, and gas.
  • Nutrient Deficiencies: Iron deficiency anemia, weight loss, and fatigue due to malabsorption.
  • Skin Rash: Dermatitis herpetiformis, a blistering skin condition.
  • Bone and Joint Pain: Osteoporosis, arthritis, and joint pain.
  • Neurological Symptoms: Headaches, peripheral neuropathy, and balance problems.
  • Other Symptoms: Mouth ulcers, dental enamel defects, and infertility.

Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

At DRHC Dubai, we use a comprehensive approach to diagnose celiac diseases.

  1. Medical History and Physical Examination: Detailed evaluation of symptoms and family history.
  2. Blood Tests: Screening for specific antibodies such as tissue transglutaminase (tTG-IgA) and endomysial antibody (EMA).
  3. Genetic Testing: Checking for HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 genes that increase the risk of celiac disease. This test is performed in some individuals in which a diagnostic doubt still exists.
  4. Endoscopy and Biopsy: Confirming the diagnosis by examining the small intestine for damage and inflammation. This is required to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment for Celiac Disease

The primary treatment for celiac disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. At DRHC Dubai, we provide:

  • Nutritional Counseling: Expert guidance on how to follow a gluten-free diet, including food choices and meal planning.
  • Supplementation: Recommendations for supplements to address nutritional deficiencies, such as iron, calcium, vitamin D, and B vitamins.
  • Monitoring and Follow-Up: Regular check-ups to monitor symptoms, nutritional status, and adherence to the gluten-free diet.

Living with Celiac Disease

Managing celiac disease involves more than just avoiding gluten. It is a lifelong commitment to a new lifestyle, which can be sometimes overwhelming. At DRHC Dubai, we offer support to help you lead a healthy and fulfilling life:

  • Education and Resources: Access to educational materials and support groups.
  • Holistic Care: Integrative therapies to manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.
  • Psychological Support: Counseling services to help cope with the emotional and social challenges of living with celiac disease.

Why Choose DRHC Dubai?

At DRHC Dubai, we are committed to providing comprehensive care for individuals with celiac disease. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, including world renowned gastroenterologists, dietitians, and psychologists, work together to offer personalized care tailored to your needs. With state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and a patient-centered approach, we ensure that you receive the best possible care for managing celiac disease.

Book An Appointment

If you think you suffer from celiac disease or are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, don't delay. Contact DRHC Dubai to schedule your appointment. Our team of experts is here to provide you with compassionate care and personalized treatment to keep your digestive health in check. To book Your Appointment just call us at +97142798200 for consulting with Gastroenterology Clinic at DRHC Dubai.