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#1 SensitiveMe

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

Can you tell me the name of the basic bloodwork test to determine if someone might have celiac disease. Is it called a Celiac Panel?


I am concerned my younger brother may have celiac disease and so I want to tell him the name of the bloodtest to ask the doctor to do. He is not really having too many problems at this time but I do not want him to eventually go through all the suffering it has caused me. It is my understanding it is hereditary and runs in families. He is lactose intolerant and as a child had quite a few stomach complaints and also seemed to have failure to strive...he did not grow a bit for 8 straight years. He is always taking things now for what he says is indigestion and says it is just because he drinks beer often. He also says he eats a lot of bread. And he has been having a red lumpy rash on his face which does not respond to things the doctor orders for it...mine was on both elbows and I had it for over 20 years and it never responded to anything the doctors ordered and 4 months after I stopped eating wheat it completely disappeared and has never come back.


Do you think I am being overly cautious in wanting him to be tested for celiac disease? Sorry for the wordy post but I would like your opinion as I know I have always been a bit too overprotective of my younger brothers.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

Can you tell me the name of the basic bloodwork test to determine if someone might have celiac disease. Is it called a Celiac Panel?


I am concerned my younger brother may have celiac disease and so I want to tell him the name of the bloodtest to ask the doctor to do. He is not really having too many problems at this time but I do not want him to eventually go through all the suffering it has caused me. It is my understanding it is hereditary and runs in families. He is lactose intolerant and as a child had quite a few stomach complaints and also seemed to have failure to strive...he did not grow a bit for 8 straight years. He is always taking things now for what he says is indigestion and says it is just because he drinks beer often. He also says he eats a lot of bread. And he has been having a red lumpy rash on his face which does not respond to things the doctor orders for it...mine was on both elbows and I had it for over 20 years and it never responded to anything the doctors ordered and 4 months after I stopped eating wheat it completely disappeared and has never come back.


Do you think I am being overly cautious in wanting him to be tested for celiac disease? Sorry for the wordy post but I would like your opinion as I know I have always been a bit too overprotective of my younger brothers.

The list of tests below constitutes what is called the celiac blood panel:

 

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA
Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG
Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA
Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA
Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG
Total Serum IgA

 

Sometimes it is hard to get doctors to run all of those, but do your best because they are all important - not every one of them has to be positive.  Make sure they do the last one.


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