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Mjay71 added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsQuestion About Anti-Endomysial Antibodies (Ema), Iga ClassHello, everyone, I am a first-time poster to this board. Thanks for considering my question.
I'll provide background on my own gluten-consuming history and problems later if anyone thinks it is necessary, but for now, let me ask a question that should be generally applicable regardless of an individual's particular issues and history:
Is it necessary to be consuming gluten beforehand in order to have an accurate reading in a Anti-Endomysial Antibodies (EMA), IgA class blood test for celiac? I've read and heard anecdotally that consuming gluten for a spell before blood tests is necessary to achieve accurate results, but my doctor ordered this specific test and told me that it is NOT necessary to eat gluten beforehand because once antibodies form, they stay in the body for decades.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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