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How Long To Gluten Challenge?

Posted by Skylark, in Diagnosis 20 July 2011 · 719 views

diagnosis gluten challenge
I know 2-3 months sounds rough. That is why I've never gone back and challenged.

You got me curious. I'm linking abstracts for you, as they're publicly available but I checked full text for two of the papers as the challenge time length wasn't in the abstract.

Here is an article showing median time to relapse in children with gluten challenge with a low amount of gluten is 13 weeks.
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/11753160

This paper used three months with a standardized amount of gluten to challenge, mentioned in the text.
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/19367182

I checked this paper, and people on gluten challenge had eaten gluten from 1.5-4 months, with an average of three months eating about 3 slices of bread a day.
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/11782578

So, researchers are not challenging for only a month. It looks to me like three months is a more typical time to get a relapse. It's a shame your doctor has not gone to the trouble to read the literature make a better recommendation for you. You might ask your doctor about getting an anti-EMA or anti-deamidated gliadin peptide test run at this point. If either of those is positive you are almost certainly celiac.

Source: Symptoms Better On Nexium?!?!

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I got a postcard from the Celiac Disease Center at the Univ of Chicago.Its for the free screening they do in October. whats interesting is it says you must be on a gluten containing diet for 12 weeks prior to testing. Doesn't say how much gluten.
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Thanks for sharing that info! It's right in line with the papers I found.
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