(Celiac Sprue; Nontropical Sprue; Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy)
Celiac disease – Definition
Celiac is an autoimmune disease of the digestive tract. With Celiac, eating food with gluten damages little protrusions in the small intestine. These protrusions, called villi, absorb nutrients from foods. The condition affects absorption of all nutrients. Untreated patients often become malnourished.