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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 3 unless symptoms are seen beforehand. In children younger than 3, with symptoms, antibody testing is usually reliable, especially if it includes DGP-IgG. Children must be eating wheat or barley-based cereals for some time, up to several months, before they can generate an autoimmune… Read more »

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Can I be screened for non-celiac gluten sensitivity?

There are no tests to diagnose non-celiac gluten sensitivity at this time. Which means, no research has been through a scientific, evidence-based, peer-reviewed study that proves what some labs claim as a way to detect non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Read more about the fallacy of stool tests to diagnose celiac disease and/or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

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Can you confirm celiac disease from only a blood test?

Never, in fact. Other variables must be part of a diagnosis. New guidelines in 2011 allow for diagnosis without a biopsy, but only in very rare cases. In these rare cases at least one of the genes must be present, both tTG and EMA blood tests must be more than 10x normal, and there must… Read more »

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What does a “weak positive” blood test result for celiac disease mean?

Each lab defines “weak positive” differently. Unfortunately, diagnosis is not always a clear cut positive or negative. If you receive a weak positive, please work with your medical professional to determine the next best course of action. The diagnosis of celiac disease is like an iceberg; the obvious, symptomatic, yet smallest, part of it exists… Read more »

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