The following was taken from THE SPRUE-NIK PRESS, September 1995. The University of Maryland School of Medicine sponsored a conference on July 14-15, 1995 entitled Celiac Disease: The Dark Side of the Gastrointestinal Planet, by Salvatore Auricchio, MD, summarized by Jim Lyles. Dr. Auricchio is Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at the University Frederico II in Naples, Italy.

celiac disease manifests itself in the small intestine. A distinct pattern of abnormalities has been observed [comments in braces have been added by Jim Lyles]:

  • Villous atrophy [partial or complete flattening of the finger-like projections in the small intestine]
  • Hyperplasia of the crypts of Lieberkuhn [the crypts under the villi become highly elongated when compared with normal crypts]
  • Increased plasma cell and