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Children with celiac disease typically have diarrhea, increased amounts of fat in the stool (steatorrhea), flatulence (passing gas), short stature and weight loss. Proper treatment with a gluten-free diet can lead to accelerated (catch-up) growth in height; however, if untreated, childhood celiac disease can result in short stature as an adult. As children with celiac disease enter adolescence, many will experience spontaneous remissions (reduced symptoms) and remain free of the signs and symptoms of celiac disease until later in adulthood. This later reactivation can be precipitated by stress such as pregnancy or surgery.