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Sprue, Celiac Disease, Gluten Enteropathy

A rather rare condition in which the small intestinal cells are sensitive to a substance called gluten which is contained in wheat and some other grains. Consumption of gluten causes damage to the lining of the small intestine and consequently prevents adequate absorption and digestion of nutrients. Symptoms include abdominal pain, cramps, gas, bloating and diarrhea with weight loss. The treatment is a gluten-free diet.