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celiac disease screening involves what kinds of tests?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Bloodwork: Celiac disease is usually screened for (in the right patient) with blood tests. Depending on the results of these blood tests, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist to get a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. You have to be on a regular diet (not gluten-free!) for these tests to be valid.

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What can I expect at a hearing test for my baby?

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Passing it: Babies should be passing their hearing tests. If failing it at birth then needs repeat test and might need further testing. If fails hearing later on in life, then might be attributed to wax, fluid in ears, infection, or some other abnormality to the inner ear.
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What is nuchal translucency screening?

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What is a multiple marker screening?

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Is it possible not to see a twin during early screenings?

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What are the effects of celiac disease on pregnancy?

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Can be minimal: If avoid gluten then your symptoms should be minimal and you can absorb all the nutrients you need by eating a well balanced diet. If you are finding it hard to eat a gluten-free diet, try looking at some cookbooks from southeast asia, such as south india or thailand as these are regions that eat a rice based diet.

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