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Cd Blood Testing For My Baby

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Posted 30 January 2004 - 09:37 AM


We think that my 21 month old son has celiac disease and I'm confused as to what blood tests to ask to be run. He did have his immune system tested last May (for other reasons) and there were abnormalities there. His IgA was 46 (normal range 87-474) as was his IgG which was 434 (normal range 681-1648). I live in an area that is notoriously difficult for diagnosis for anything outside mainstream. My son has not grown since October, in either weight or length and I'm so tired of him being sick all the time! I'm almost hoping that he does have celiac disease because at least it's fixable! The other options are too scary to think about.

Can you please tell me what the Immune tests would show with a positive celiac disease?


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Posted 30 January 2004 - 10:17 AM

His IgA was 46 (normal range 87-474) as was his IgG which was 434 (normal range 681-1648)

I was just wondering if this is his total serum IgA? If it is, then he is very low and the regular blood tests for Celiac would not be accurate. If you can not get a doctor in your area to find the right tests to do on your son, you may want to conscider Enterolab . They offer a stool test and a gene test for Celiac Disease that can be done at home, and sent back to them through the mail. It is not easy to get a diagnosis, but if you can find a doctor who knows what he is doing...
Your best bet would be to try and get him a referral to a children's hospital. Do you have one in your area? I have to travel about 1 1/2 hours (one way) to get to my children's doctor, but it is worth it, and I know of some people who travel out of state to get to a doctor who knows about celiac disease.

It is very important to get him seen as soon as possible, since he is so sick and he is not growing properly. Take a copy of those Immune systen tests with you where ever you end up going. And if you can get the tests done through Prometheus labs, they are the best for testing for celiac disease, and they include the total serum IgA in their Celiac Panel to check for deficiency and if the blood test comes back negative, they automatically run a gene test on the blood to see if the person carries any of the genes responsible for celiac disease.

God bless,
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