Celiac
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My blood tests came back negative, but I’d only been eating gluten for about a month. I also had an endoscopic biopsy after three months of eating gluten where they found patchy infiltration with lymphocytes. My doctor doesn’t want to diagnose me with celiac disease because the blood tests were negative. Should I seek a second opinion?

If you had been gluten-free for a long time and only ate gluten for one month prior to your blood work then it may not have been accurate. In other words, you probably have celiac disease. Consider having another endoscopic biopsy after one year on a strict gluten-free diet to see if complete healing of the mild inflammation has occurred. If this is the case, then a celiac disease diagnosis could be considered confirmed. June, 2013

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