Coeliac disease is an inherited sensitivity to gluten in wheat.  In those affected, wheat will produce an intense inflammatory reaction in the small intestine which leads to damage and impairs its ability to absorb nutrients. This damage is reversed by a gluten free diet. Untreated it is associated with multiple vitamin deficiencies and weight loss and an increased risk of small bowel cancer and lymphoma.

Diagnosis is by blood test, endoscopy and biopsy of the duodenum and by genetic testing. No one method is infallible and normally two of these methods are required to firmly make the diagnosis.  At Shirley Oaks I have access to expert dieticans and the latest diagnostic techniques which include video-capsule endoscopy. For further information contact


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