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Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN is CEO and co-Founder of Gluten Free Works, Inc. and Glutenfreeworks.com. She is the author and publisher of the highly recommended celiac disease reference guide, Recognizing Celiac Disease.

Lymph Node: definition

Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, acting to protect body fluids by filtering out and destroying bacteria and other harmful substances from lymph that is continually carried to them by lymph vessels.  Cleaned lymph is carried away from ...

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Lymphadenopathy (Swollen Glands)

Abnormal enlargement of lymph nodes greater than 1.5 cm caused by proliferation (increased production) of lymphocytes within the node. Click for full description.

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Lungs Cavities or Abcess: definition

Lung disease characterized by localized pus formation in the lung resulting from necrosis (death) of lung tissue with surrounding inflammation is the commonest cause of death in persons with celiac disease. Click for full description.

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Lactose Intolerance: definition

Condition of being unable to digest lactose, the sugar in milk, because of lack of ability by the small intestine to produce lactase, the enzyme that digests lactose. Click for full description.

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Koilonychia: definition

A feature of an iron deficiency state characterized by abnormally shaped nails, called spoon shaped nails, that reverse the normal downward curve and have vertical ridges that can become deep, called washboard nails. Click for full description.

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Kidney Stones (Renal Calculi): definition

Hard formations in the kidneys composed mainly of calcium oxalate, also uric acid and cystine, and varying in size from microscopic crystals to several centimeters in diameter. Click for full description.

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Keratomalacia: definition

A severe non-inflammatory eye condition that is a late feature of Vitamin A Deficiency characterized by hazy, dry corneas becoming softened and denuded, which is then irreversible destroying the eyeball and causing blindness. Click for full description.

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Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca: definition

An autoimmune disorder causing chronic  dryness with inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea of both eyes due to tear abnormality. Click for full description.

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Juvenile Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: definition

An autoimmune thyroid disease in children characterized by abnormal circulating thyroid hormone levels. Click for full description.

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Anemia, Iron Deficiency: definition

A blood cell disorder that is characterized by formation of small, pale red blood cells, causing tissue hypoxia, the inability to meet the demands of the body for oxygen. Click for full description.

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Jejunitis, Chronic Ulcerative: definition

An inflammatory disease of the jejunum that is a severe complication of untreated celiac disease characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the lining with risk of developing into a high grade tumor. Click Chronic Ulcerative Jejunitis for full description.

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Irritability: definition

A mental state characterized by excessive response to annoyance. Click Irritability for full description.

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Intrauterine Growth Retardation: definition

An development abnormality of  the fetus that is characterized by failure to grow normally for the time of its gestational period (stage of pregnancy). Click Intrauterine Growth Retardation for full description.

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Intraepithelial Lymphocytosis in Small Bowel Samples: definition

Abnormal increase in intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs) in small intestinal mucosa samples (biopsied tissue) obtained by endoscopy procedure. Click Intraepithelial Lymphocytosis in Small Bowel Samples for full description.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome (Increased Intestinal Permeability): definition

An abnormal condition of the small intestinal barrier system whereby the normally tight junctions between surface cells of the lining are weakened, which then allows for harmful entities in the gut, such as gluten, to permeate or get past the ...

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