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Why is it difficult to find a doctor who knows about celiac disease?

Most physicians learned during medical school that celiac disease was so rare they would never see a patient with symptoms in their entire medical career. He or she may have heard a 20-30 minute lecture about celiac disease during four years of classes. Many medical textbooks still contain outdated information. Additionally, celiac disease often presents with seemingly unrelated symptoms, such as fatigue, joint pain, anemia and infertility, making diagnosis that much more difficult. The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is working hard to properly educate medical professionals about the disease to both increase awareness and diagnosis rates worldwide. Learn about our on-site, intensive, 2-day Preceptorship Program for medical professionals. July, 2012