Celiac disease is immune reaction triggered by consuming gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye products. For individuals with celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune system response in the small intestine, causing inflammation. Such inflammation can permanently damage the small intestine and prevent the absorption of several vital nutrients. If left untreated, this malabsorption of nutrients can deprive the brain, liver, bones, nervous system and other organs of essential nutrients. Although there is currently no cure for celiac disease, your physician can help devise a healthy, gluten-free diet and prescribe medications to ease intestinal inflammation.
Los Angeles rheumatologist Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR has devoted her practice to providing comprehensive and compassionate treatment for individuals suffering from celiac and other related diseases. From her Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Baker is able to provide individualized guidance from diagnosis, to treatment, to aftercare.