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Description - Figure 1 - Celiac Disease - The Gluten Connection

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease. In celiac disease, the body's immune system responds abnormally to gluten, resulting in inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine, and reduced absorption of iron, calcium, vitamins A,D, E, K, and Folate. The puzzle pieces represent the main components normally associated with celiac disease.