Attend our free celiac disease blood screening
We test up to 500 people every fall
Every fall, we hold a free blood screening to test people at risk for celiac disease. We test up to 500 participants who come to the University of Chicago from all over the country. Many of the participants would not otherwise have access to celiac disease testing because either their doctors refused to carry out the tests, their insurance would not cover the cost, or they were uninsured altogether.
You are eligible for the Blood Screening if:
- You have been on a gluten-containing diet for at least 12 weeks prior to testing
- You have a close family member that has celiac disease or Type 1 diabetes
- You have Down Syndrome;
- You have a related autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis; Type 1 diabetes
- You have digestive problems, chronic fatigue, osteopenia/osteoporosis; Type 1 diabetes
- You have other related symptoms or conditions
See symptoms and conditions related to celiac disease for more information
The antibody screening tests for celiac disease are not accurate if one is following a gluten-free diet. If you have removed gluten from your diet, it will typically require that gluten is reintroduced on a daily basis, with at least one serving per day (1/2 slice of bread or a cracker), for at least 12 weeks prior to the antibody blood screening tests. This is sometimes referred to as a gluten challenge, which should only be conducted under a physician’s supervision.
The tests performed are:
- Human Tissue Transglutaminase IgA Test
- Total Serum IgA.