Keyword: diagnosis

Should I seek a second opinion?

A second opinion may be a good idea, but remember that celiac disease is difficult to diagnose because it mimics many other diseases. The current tests are very good for detecting it—4 days or even 2 weeks off gluten shouldn’t affect them—so if your results were negative (both antibody and biopsy) then it’s wise to… Read more »

(Updated .)

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 »

(Updated .)

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 »

(Updated .)

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 »

(Updated .)