Keyword: villi

How does gluten actually attack the villi?

The villi are not attacked by gluten. Gluten only triggers the reaction of the lymphocytes, which thus are become “licensed to kill” (in fact they are called NK cells, where NK stands for Natural Killers), migrate into the lining of the gut, and destroy the cells of the lining by producing chemicals that make them… Read more »

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How is it possible for someone to have damaged villi and not have symptoms?

We actually don’t know why some people have damaged villi without symptoms. It’s possibly because the extent of the damaged villi is small and limited to the area of the biopsies, and the rest of the intestine (there are seven yards of it!) is compensating for the damaged area.

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