Keyword: diagnosis

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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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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Why does it take so long to get an appointment to see you?

We see patients from all over the world because there are so few doctors knowledgeable about celiac disease, but we’re working hard to help as many people as we can. If you’re trying to make an appointment with us, please accept the earliest available appointment. Once you’re in the system, then we’ll do our best… Read more »

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How does a genetic test rule out celiac disease?

Two genes are responsible for celiac disease (HLA-DQ2 & HLA-DQ8). If you have either of them, then you have the potential for the disease to activate at any age. Having the genetic test is important for two reasons: to understand your risk factor for the disease and to understand the prevalence that your 1st and… Read more »

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