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Ruth A. Howard, G. Urquhart Law & Jane L. Petty

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Chapter 9: Coeliac Disease: Psychosocial Factors in Adults and Children

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Coeliac Disease: Psychosocial Factors in Adults and Children
Coeliac disease: Psychosocial factors in adults and children
Ruth A.Howard
G. UrquhartLaw
Jane L.Petty
Coeliac Disease Diagnosis and Its Management

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten, a protein found in many foods. All of us carry a naturally occurring enzyme called tissue transglutaminase (tTG). People with coeliac disease develop anti-tTG antibodies which react to the presence of gluten in the diet and trigger the immune system. T-cells in the immune system then mistakenly attack the small intestine, causing inflammation and damage. The intestine is lined with small, finger-like projections called ...

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