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My brother tested positive on a celiac panel. Does that mean that he has celiac disease?

My brother tested positive on a celiac panel. Does that mean that he has celiac disease?

Celiac diagnosis: The "gold standard" procedure for diagnosis of celiac disease is the upper GI biopsy, but a skin biopsy for dermatitis herpetiformis (itchy blisters) from an elbow or shin can also be definitive. Both biopsies show IgA antibodies in the tissues. Many people without "perfect" diagnoses still find they benefit from gluten free diets. Your brother's blood test is suggestive but not definitive. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more


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Can infants have celiac disease or gluten intolerance?

Yes: Yes, but may not show symptoms for years. While milk fed, will not seee any symptoms until those foods are introduced. ...Read more

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What symptoms of celiac disease can infants get if they are not on solid foods yet?

What symptoms of celiac disease can infants get if they are not on solid foods yet?

No gluten, no sprue: "celiac" symptoms: colicky, crampy, fussy, maybe diarrhea are common in infants. Classical celiac disease occurs after weaning, eating grains like wheat, barley, rye, triticale (contain gluten). Not noted if solely breast feeding. Symptoms can occur later in life. ...Read more

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If I have celiac disease, does that mean my baby will, too?

If I have celiac disease, does that mean my baby will, too?

No: Celiac disease does run in some families, but that does not mean every member of the family will get the disease. If a parent has celiac disease, the baby's doctor can follow the baby's growth at the regular check-ups, and may do occasional blood tests to look for celiac disease. ...Read more

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If just one parent has celiac disease, what are the chances their baby will have it?

If just one parent has celiac disease, what are the chances their baby will have it?

Higher: Celiac disease can be exceedingly mild or more severe. There is some familial association but it is mild. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with celiac disease at 13, shouldve happened as i baby, i went 13 years eating gluten not knowing, am i at higher risk for cancer etc?

I was diagnosed with celiac disease at 13, shouldve happened as i baby, i went 13 years eating gluten not knowing, am i at higher risk for cancer etc?

Celiac ads & Cancer: Yes, there is an increased risk of lymphomas and certain types of intestinal cancers in celiac sufferers, and that risk is enhanced the longer the disease goes without diagnosis. Having said that, you and your doctor can now plan a schedule of regular surveillance, which you would have started in adulthood anyway. The mean age when cancer was dx'd - in one study - was 47.6 years of age. ...Read more

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If my baby always cries after eating wheat cereal, does he have celiac disease?

Not necessarily: About 1 in 133 of healthy people or 0.7% of the population have celiac disease. About 1 in 56 or 1.8% of people who have suggestive symptoms have celiac disease. So, even in cases of suggestive symptoms, the majority of people do not have the autoimmune condition known as celiac disease. Talk to you doctor about blood tests that can be helpful to screen for celiac disease. ...Read more

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