Celiac Support Group Symptom Chart

Disclaimers, perspectives and appreciation:

A person may have more than one Gluten-Related Disorder, but these are not cross-referenced to each other in the chart.

Symptoms/conditions listed have been reported as associated, in research or published case studies, with the Gluten-Related Disorder(s) noted. The medical dictionary definitions for “association” include these: “a connection of persons, things, or ideas by some common factor” or “a functional connection of two ideas…established through learning or experience” (The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company).

Celiac Support Group Symptom Chart does not include every reported symptom or association.

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Gluten Ataxia are relative new medical concepts and currently have fewer reported symptoms and associations.

If others in Celiac Support Group have shared their additional symptoms or diagnoses for conditions not otherwise on this chart, this information is included, for information purposes only.

Every person is unique! Most of these Celiac Support Group Symptom Chart symptoms or associations will not ever apply to you!

Cleo J. Libonati, RN, BSN, was the first person to,compile more than 300 celiac disease symptoms and associated conditions in her book, Recognizing Celiac Disease. Celiac Support Group wishes to acknowledge her valuable contribution to this topic. Every list of celiac disease symptoms, including this one, owes much to her ground-breaking work.

Celiac Support Group Symptom Chart

Chart Key: CD = Celiac Disease, NCGS = Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, DH = Dermatitis Herpetiformis, GA = Gluten Ataxia, GP = Reported by Celiac Support Group Participants

Symptom / Condition CD NCGS DH GA GP
Abdominal pain or distension x x
Alternating diarrhea/constipation x x
Angina pectoris x
Anorexia x
Antinuclear antibodies x x
Anxiety x
Apathy x
Appetite changes x
Arthritis (several types) x
Asthma x
Ataxia (movement disorders) x x
Atherosclerosis (“hardening of arteries”) x
Autism x
Autoimmune -- (associated, in general, with autoimmune conditions) x x
Autoimmune — (some) Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis x
Autoimmune — Addison's Disease x
Autoimmune — Alopecia Areata x x x
Autoimmune — Antiphospholipid Syndrome x
Autoimmune — Chronic Bullous Dermatosis of Childhood x
Autoimmune — Crohn's Disease x
Autoimmune — Dermatomyositis x
Autoimmune — Erythema Nodosum x
Autoimmune — Grave's Disease (hyperthyroidism) x
Autoimmune — Hashimoto's Thyroiditis x x
Autoimmune — Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ulcerative colitis) x
Autoimmune — Meniere's ? x
Autoimmune — Multiple Sclerosis x
Autoimmune — Myasthenia Gravis x
Autoimmune — Neutropenia x
Autoimmune — Pernicious Anemia x
Autoimmune — Polymyositis x
Autoimmune — Primary Biliary Cirrhosis x
Autoimmune — Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis x
Autoimmune — Psoriasis x x
Autoimmune — Raynaud's x
Autoimmune — Rheumatoid Arthritis x
Autoimmune -- Rosacea (in women) x
Autoimmune — Sarcoidosis x x
Autoimmune — Scleroderma x
Autoimmune — Sjogren's x x
Autoimmune — Systemic Lupus Erythematosus x x
Autoimmune — Thyroid Disease x x
Autoimmune — Type 1 diabetes x x
Autoimmune — Uveitis (some) x
Autoimmune — Vasculitis (CNS) (aorta) x
Autoimmune — Vitiligo x x
Autoimmune (maybe?) — Chronic Fatigue Syndrome x x
Autoimmune (maybe?) — colitis (collagenous or lymphocytic) x
Autoimmune (maybe?) — Fibromyalgia x x
Autoimmune (maybe?) — microscopic colitis x
Autoimmune Hepatitis x
Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndromes x
Balance problems x
Birth defects x
Bleeding or swollen gums x
Bloating x x
Bone fractures x
Bone pain x
Brain atrophy x
Brain fog x x
Breast feeding, insufficient milk x
Bronchiectasis (a lung disease) x
Cachexia (body wasting) x
Cancer — various x
Candida Albicans mucosal infection x
Carbohydrate intolerances ?
Cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) x
Cardiomyopathy, idiopathic x
Cataracts x
Cerebral Perfusion Abnormalities x
Cheilosis (cracks, corners of lips, caused by riboflavin deficiency) x
Cholesterol, low x
Chorea (jerky involuntary movements) x x
Coagulation factors, low x
Colonic volvulus (twisted colon) x
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) x
Constipation x x
Coronary artery disease x
Cramping x
Cutis laxa (skin hangs in folds) x
Cystic fibrosis x
Delayed puberty (male & female) x
Dementia x
Dental enamel defects x
Depression x
Diabetic instability x
Diarrhea x x
Difficulty thinking x x
Down's syndrome x
Dysgeusia (distorted taste) x
Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) x
Dysphagia (swallowing problems) x x
Ecchymosis (bleeding under the skin) x
Eczema x
Edema x
EMF sensitivities x
EOE (eosinophilic esophagitis) x
Epilepsy x
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency x
Eye disturbances x
Eye problems — Bitot's Spots, Blepharitis, bloodshot, blurred vision, ocular myopathy, other x
Failure to thrive x
Fatigue x x
Flatulence, excessive gas x
Folate deficiency or anemia x x
Fructose malabsorption x x
Gastric emptying, delayed x
Gastric ulcers or inflammation x
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) x x
Headache (including migraine) x x
Hearburn (pyrosis) x x
Helicobacter pylori x
Hives (urticaria) x
Homocysteine (elevated) x
Hyperparathyroidism x
Hypoglycemia x
Hypoparathyroidism x
Hypotonia (reduced muscle tone) x
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) x x
Impaired gallbladder motility x
Impotence x
Increased appetite x
Increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) x x
Infertility (male/female) x
Insomnia x
Iron-deficiency anemia x x
Irritability x
Jejunitis or jejunoileitis (inflammation in the intestine) x
Joint pain (Arthralgia) x x
Kidney stone (renal calculus) x
Lack of any noticed symptoms x
Lactose intolerance x x
Latent anemia in intestinal enzymopathies of small intestine x
Loss of concentration x x
Loss of smell x
Lymphomas, b-cell, t-cell and other x
Malabsorption x x
Maltose intolerance x
Meningo-cortical calcifying angiomatosis x
Menopause, early x
Microencephaly (reversed on gluten free diet) x
Migraine headaches x
Miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) x
Mouth ulcers (aphthous-eg aphthous stomatitis, or non-aphthous-eg canker sores) x x
MTHFR (affects folate absorption) x
Muscle cramps or spasms x
Muscle pain (Myalgia) x x
Muscle wasting x
Muscle weakness x
Nickel allergy x
Night blindness x
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease x
Nose bleeding (epistaxis) x
Nutrient deficiencies x x
Obesity x
Osteomalacia (bones soften) x
Osteonecrosis (bone tissue dies) x
Osteopenia in children x
Osteoporosis x
Pancreatitis x
Parkinson's (reduced symptoms after CD diagnosis & GFD) x
Peripheral neuropathy (tingling, burning, or numbness in hands or feet) x
Postural Tachycardia Syndrome x ?
Primary Hyperparathyroidism x
Puerperium complications (uterus usually returns to pre-pregnancy condition 6 weeks after childbirth) x
Rashes x x
Restless leg syndrome (Willis-Ekbom disease) x x
Reversible hypertension x
Rhinitis, caused by allergies x
Rickets (softened bones, often results in bowed legs) x
Schizophrenia (reduced symptoms after CD/NCGS diagnosis & GFD) x x
Seborrhea (excessive discharge of oily substance from glands into hair follicles) x
Secondary amenorrhea (periods stop) or dysmenorrhea (periods painful) x
Short stature x
Speech problems x
Spina bifida (birth defect where spinal bones do not form properly around the spinal cord) x
Steatorrhea (excess fat in feces) x
Stomach pain x x
Sucrose intolerance x
Tetany (muscle spasms, cramps, seizures) x
Tongue problems (burning, “geographic,” smooth, swollen, pale or fiery red) x
Tremors x x
Tuberculosis (increased susceptibility or non-responsive) x
Turner's syndrome (in woman, 1 X chromosome) x
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) x
Vaginitis x
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency or anemia x
Vomiting x
Weight changes — no known reason x


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