Checklist identifies nearly 100 symptoms of celiac disease – Checklist can be found at celiac.org/symptoms
Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) has released an interactive checklist to help individuals and families accurately define and report their symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity to their doctor or other health care practitioner. This checklist can help individuals have more clear conversations with their healthcare providers, and could help more people with celiac disease get the proper diagnosis. This free checklist, developed with the CDF Medical Advisory Board, can be accessed at celiac.org/symptoms.
“Undiagnosed celiac disease can lead to a lifetime of illness, including a four-fold risk of developing lymphoma,” said Marilyn G. Geller, CEO of the Celiac Disease Foundation. “While there is no cure for celiac disease, early diagnosis is crucial. There is much that can be done to treat and help manage celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Strict adherence to a gluten-free diet and routine medical follow up can improve symptoms and help prevent related medical conditions and diseases while also enhancing the patient’s quality of life. We hope by using this checklist to understand and report symptoms to their healthcare providers, patients will be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner and minimize further serious systemic diseases and damage.”
“The most significant problem in celiac disease is the inadequate rate of diagnosis. While the situation has improved, with only 15% of people with celiac disease diagnosed currently in the United States, we have a great deal of work to do,” said Daniel Leffler, M.D., M.S., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and CDF Medical Advisory Board member. “Tools like the CDF Symptoms Checklist are an important piece of the effort to educate patients and providers and increase testing for celiac disease in the United States.”
As part of Celiac Disease Foundation’s commitment to drive early diagnosis of celiac disease, the checklist is integrated with the organization’s Healthcare Practitioner Directory. The Directory is the nation’s most comprehensive online directory for patients to find reliable information on healthcare practitioners familiar with diagnosing and treating celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Upon checklist completion, individuals may enter their ZIP code to view a list of practitioners in their local area with whom they can review checklist results to determine if they are a candidate for a celiac disease panel blood test or other diagnostic measures.