Vijay Kumar, M.D., Research Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo and President and Director of IMMCO Diagnostics: Convincing the doctor initially depends upon the patient. However, the laboratory to which the test is sent should be available to answer questions the doctor may have. Our laboratory always encourages such questions.

Karoly Horvath, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Peds GI & Nutrition Laboratory; University of Maryland at Baltimore: Lot of physicians in the USA did not get appropriate training to recognize the protean manifestations of celiac disease. However, if the classical symptoms are present--chronic diarrhea, weight loss, protuberant abdomen, foul-smelling stools, etc.--it is absolutely indicated to test the patients serum for antigliadin and antiendomysium antibodies.

Professionals participating in this discussion group are educating physicians on an almost daily basis. Generally, it is useful to supply the physician with a review article or a textbook chapter describing the values of serological tests and protean manifestations of celiac disease. If that does not help, you can ask the help of professionals participating in the Cel-Pro list. They have helped several patients by calling physicians and convincing them about the necessity of serological testing.

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