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I’ve had serious internal bleeding that required hospitalization. I’ve also had multiple blood transfusions. Does celiac disease play a role in this?

Depending on age and other medical problems, possibilities include ulcerative jejunitis as a late complication of celiac disease as well as an AVM (arterio-venous malformation) or tumor (lymphoma or other) in the small intestine. You definitely need further evaluation of your small intestine. This is usually done by video capsule endoscopy or complete enteroscopy, depending on whether you have obstructive type symptoms (abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting). January, 2013