Keyword: children

Are raised DGP-IgG levels an early sign of celiac disease?

Elevated DGP antibodies are often seen in patients with celiac disease on a gluten-containing diet. They appear to have exactly the same value of the more established tTG-IgA antibody test, and offer no advantage over tTG. However, it appears that in very young children (i.e., in the first two years of life) DGP do provide… Read more »

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At what age should children get tested for celiac disease?

Generally, children at risk for celiac disease are screened at age 2 or 3 unless symptoms are seen beforehand. In children younger than 3, with symptoms, antibody testing may not always be accurate. Children must be eating wheat or barley-based cereals for some time, up to one year, before they can generate an autoimmune response… Read more »

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I’m concerned about my child having a biopsy. Is it really necessary in children? Can my child have the biopsy when he is older?

While it is understandable for parents to be concerned about this procedure, there are several important facts to consider. First, the procedure takes 10-15 minutes, during which the child is under general anesthesia and closely monitored by a team of anesthesiologists and an experienced physician. Second, research shows that children diagnosed before the age of… Read more »

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What is the prevalence for others in my family to have celiac disease since I’ve been diagnosed with it?

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease. The prevalence of celiac disease in 1st-degree relatives (children, parents, siblings) has been reported by numerous studies around the world to be significantly higher than in the general population, hence the need to screen every 1st-degree relative. The actual prevalence varies among the published studies, between 4-16%. Our… Read more »

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