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Does coeliac disease run in the family?

Yes, coeliac disease can be inherited. There are genes that increase the likelihood of an individual developing the condition. However, not everybody with these genes develops coeliac disease. This suggests that there are other factors apart from genetics that contribute to its development. These exact factors are still unknown.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Lactose intolerance

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