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    • Hi everyone! I just have a question about a weak positive tTG IgA... So I just picked up my lab results from my doctor's office. My tTG IgA looks well within the normal range according to the labs, but I was doing some research and have a question regarding a "weak positive". Now I know no one here is fit to diagnosis but my tTG was as followed. tTG IgA: 5 units [0-19 units]  but, this website says otherwise. Any insight on this? Am I reading way too much into this?    Thanks! 
    • If your blood work (antibody testing) indicates celiac then it's celiac.  It's also very typical for those with other autoimmune diseases (diabetes. RA, Hashimotos etc) to have celiac, autoimmune diseases kind of go together...I have 5.  Type1 diabetes, Hashimotos, dermatographic urticaria, celiac and Rheumatoid arthritis.  Start by getting copies of your labs and biopies.  The other thing you can request is a repeat EGD to check that you have healed.  If your small intestine looks good and you are still on NSAIDs then that should prove to you the celiac diagnosis.  I would definitely get a repeat EHD before even thinking about doing a gluten challenge. Also you say you don't have any symptoms of do!  You have another autoimmune disease which who knows which one came first.  I know 13 years of misdiagnosed celiac gave me my RA and other AI diseases.  You were also anemic which is a huge symptom.
    • None of Dr. Fine's work is recognized by any valid medical institution, with good reason.  You cannot test for food intolerance's through stool testing.  The only valid testing they do is gene testing for Celiac because that's well established testing and everyone's doing it. Trying to test for Celiac or NCGI through Enterolab is a complete waste of money. Also, having an IgA deficiency does not mean your immune system is not functioning properly. It just means you do not make enough of the IgA antibody so Celiac testing for that class of antibodies cannot be used.  That is why they use an IgG panel also. Good grief, people! Start reading books on Celiac written by valid medical professionals, not internet based doctors who spout ridiculous ideas about cross reactivity and stool testing that isn't recognized by anyone. Maybe in future testing will become easier and much more accurate than it is now but stool testing is not a valid test protocol for anything related to Celiac. It can show malabsorption, which is an indicator of a GI problem, but that's about it.  
    • Get a copy of your records. Check out the blood work that was done & check out the pathology on the biopsies. It's that simple. Did you know that over 50% of the dx'd celiacs presented with NO GI issues? Do you know there is such a thing as silent celiac where the patient has no symptoms yet there is damage to the villi? You can also ask to have the celiac serum panel run again. That will tell if your antibodies have gone down or not. If they haven't then it indicates you have not been careful enough in your diet or with cross contamination.
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