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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.

Biopsy In 2 Weeks;didn't Realize How Much Gluten I Had To Start Eating

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Hi, guys! I'm frncsk and I'm new here!


I have a question about an upcoming biopsy for celiac testing, and I'd really appreciate any feedback you might offer!


So I have been slowly starting to add some gluten into my diet (after about a year gluten-free) to get ready for the test. I've been eating just a bit (a piece of bread here and there type of thing) maybe every few days or so for the past two or three weeks, with symptoms definitely coming back. :(


I had no idea until today that the amount of gluten I need to be eating (called the gluten challenge, I believe?) is much much higher than I have been ingesting! My test is on the 29th, just over two weeks away. What should I do? Would drastically ramping up my gluten intake between now and then be sufficient to ensure a correct result?


If not, I might be able to re-schedule.. but not for a few months. The 29th would be really quite convenient.


Thanks a bunch! :lol:


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What is a gluten challenge?

A gluten challenge is the period of time when gluten is added back into a person’s diet to assist in the diagnosis of celiac disease. Antibodies take time to build into the blood stream before they can be detected through blood analysis. For a gluten challenge we recommend eating 1/2 slice of bread or a cracker each day for the duration of the challenge.

Prior to blood testing we recommend 12 weeks of eating gluten.
Prior to an endoscopic biopsy we recommend 2 weeks of eating gluten.

In the case of a severe reaction to gluten, a medical professional may opt to shorten the 12-week challenge and move immediately to an endoscopic biopsy.


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Welcome frncsk,


The information I found on The Canadian Celiac Association web site 
is that they recommend eating 4 slices of wheat bread for 3 months prior to a test.

You can find that information on this web page:

Peter a moderator recently posted an answer to your question about gluten cramming. 

Good luck with the test.


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