Coeliac disease is a common condition with which one in every 100 people in the UK is diagnosed. The symptoms most commonly occur during childhood or between the ages of 40 and 60. Those suffering from coeliac disease have an adverse reaction to gluten. As a sufferer, eating foods containing gluten can cause symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain;
- Weight loss;
- Feeling tired all the time;
- Flatulence and bloating.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system turns on the body, attacking healthy tissue. The body mistakes the substances in gluten as a threat, attacking them and leading to damage to the intestines, which in turn inhibits the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. It’s not known what causes the condition, but it is thought to be a combination of environmental factors and genetics.
Gluten is found in rye, wheat and barley and many foods such as bread, pasta, cakes, beer, cereal and some sauces and ready meals. Whilst there is no cure for coeliac disease, those diagnosed with the condition should switch to a gluten-free diet to control the symptoms and prevent any long-term complications. Continuing to eat gluten after being diagnosed could lead to serious complications.
Failure to diagnose coeliac disease could lead to complications such as vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia, iron deficiency anaemia, osteoporosis or bowel cancer. In pregnant women, it could increase the risk of a low birth weight baby.
Claiming compensation for clinical negligence
If you have suffered after your GP’s failure to diagnose coeliac disease, you’re not alone. Whether you have been left unwell and forced to take time off work to battle your symptoms, or have experienced complications such as anaemia or osteoporosis as a result, you are probably feeling upset and angry.
Doctors and other medical experts have a duty to meet professional standards. If they fail to do so, you could be eligible to claim compensation. There’s usually a three-year time limit in place for this, so get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to explore your options.
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Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown