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What's the best age to test for celiac disease?

What's the best age to test for celiac disease?

Celiac diagnosis: The age at which you suspect the diagnosis. You test whenever the symptoms occur and are consistent with possible celiac disease. I know of people who have been diagnosed in early childhood and at advanced ages. The oldest person I have seen diagnosed and successfully controlled with diet was my own mother, who i always assumed had been tested decades ago. Just shows we need to think of it more. ...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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What is the best way to test for celiac disease?

What is the best way to test for celiac disease?

Blood + biopsy: There are good blood tests to assess for the possibility of celiac disease, but the gold standard is a biopsy. ...Read more

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How can you test for celiac disease?

How can you test for celiac disease?

Antibody blood test : The definitive test is intestinal endoscopy with duodenal biopsy but screening for celiac disease aka gluten enteropathy is by a blood test for antibodies associated with the disease - ttg-a & ttg-g. Serum IgA is also obtained. If the patient has not been on gluten for a while antibody levels often fall into the normal range. ...Read more

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How accurate is the blood test for celiac disease?

How accurate is the blood test for celiac disease?

Not very : It is perhaps about 50% accurate. We believe it when positive but not when negative. Even biopsy can miss the diagnosis. Best to test celiac genetic panel. Mayo lab and enterolab can do this. Google enterolab and order the test yourself $150. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause joint pain? How do you test for celiac disease?

Can celiac disease cause joint pain? How do you test for celiac disease?

More soft tissue: It causes more of a generalized aching than true joint pain. Testing is controversial. There are specific tests for antibodies present in celiac disease but there also appears to be people who have true gluten sensitivity and have negative blood tests. The true test is a trial of a gluten free diet. ...Read more

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Is there a test for celiac disease? If so what is it and can my pcp doctor do it?

Is there a test for celiac disease? If so what is it and can my pcp doctor do it?

Yes : Yes . If you are having symptoms then your Pcp can order a screening blood test to chk levels of antibodies which are high in celiac disease. They are endomysial and tissue transglutaminase antibody.if these are high then a referral to a gastroenterologist is needed for biopsy of the intestine. ...Read more

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