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    1. QP1 added a topic in Celiac Disease - Related Disorders & Research   

      Sudden Drop In Alt Level After Eliminating Gluten And Dairy
      Hello. I am being investigating for GI upset, and I just got back the results of a second liver function test. The first LF test was 10 days earlier, and in the interim I eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet. My ALT level dropped from 73 to 63 (upper limit 60). My AST level was not tested initially, but came back at 46 (upper limit 35). From what little I know, my AST/ALT ratio is normal (i.e., less than 1.0). At the time of my first LF test, I was also tested for Tissue Transglutaminase Ab IgA, which came back at 5 units (upper limit 20) but due to ignorance, I hadn't eaten any gluten for two full days prior to the transglutaminase test.

      I am wondering if anyone has thoughts or insight into the ALT drop - which strikes me (as a layperson) as quite significant over such a short time period. I'm also wondering what significance might be attached to the elevated AST level, in the context of my ALT levels. It's probably important to note that I have experienced a complete resolution of my biggest problem, diarrhea, since eliminating gluten and dairy.

      Any responses are greatly appreciated.

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    2. QP1 added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & Symptoms   

      I Didn't Eat Gluten For 2 Days Before Test - Is That A Problem?
      My GP recommended that I go on a gluten- and dairy-free diet, and also sent me to the lab for bloodwork. But she didn't mention anything about timing or sequence of lab work vs. diet. So by the time I went to the lab, I had gone two full days without any gluten. I just received the lab results, which are:

      Tissue Transglutaminase Ab IgA = 5 (the "normal" is <20 Units)

      Should I be concerned of a false low reading, after cutting out gluten for only 2 days? Prior to going gluten-free, I ate normal amounts for years.

      Any responses are greatly appreciated.

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