Coeliac disease, light micrograph

Coeliac disease, light micrograph

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Caption: Coeliac disease. Light micrograph of a section through the surface of a jejunum affected by coeliac disease. The jejunum is the region after the duodenum at the beginning of the small intestine. The structure is disorganised due to the loss (atrophy) of villi, which are the small finger-like projections that increase the intestine's surface area. Coeliac disease is a genetic disorder in which the intestinal lining reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other cereals. This causes malabsorption of nutrients from food and leads to mineral and vitamin deficiencies.

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