Gluten Sensitivity

There is new interest in non-celiac gluten sensitivity, a circumstance in which patients do not have celiac disease, but experience symptoms similar to celiac disease when eating foods containing gluten. Our current understanding of non-celiac gluten sensitivity is only in its early stages, however it does not appear to be hereditary, and does not cause nutritional deficiencies or damage to the small intestine.

There is no specific blood or diagnostic test to diagnose non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Although patients with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity can both feel better on a gluten free diet, it is very important to differentiate between them because this can make a difference in regards to how strict a person needs to be about adherence to a gluten free diet, how long to stay on it, and in regards to testing and counseling of family members.