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could you tell me if elevated gliadin (deanimated) antibodies igg and iga mean zi have a gluten sensitivity?

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Dr. Ernest Fischer
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 11 years experience
Possibly: These are pretty specific to Celiac disease but not perfect. The definitive test is biopsy while on a gluten containing diet. A GI specialist could offer this.

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