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Hi everyone :D! My name is Tasha and I'm new to the site and I have some questions that I hope someone can answers for me. My son Brandon is 17 months and weight almost 21 pounds. His PCP referred him to an endo at 1 years old because he only grew 1/2 inch in three months and because his percentile weight went down from 80% when he was 2 months to 5% at 1 year. The endo didn't feel there was anything wrong with Brandon being that he grew 3 inches when checked at her office but they did some blood work anyway. Her office called and said that Brandons blood work came back slightly positive for a wheat and gluten allergy and referred him to the gastro who tested for celiec disease. Brandon doesn't suffer from diaherra unless he's sick, isn't irratable after eating wheat or gluten containing products or act like he has a stomachache, his stools are normal as far as i can tell, hes a happy kid and loves to run around and play but hates to eat. The test results that the endo did came back with the Aig count at 34 and the ENR(?? I'm not exactly sure of the initals) at 25. I haven't got the results back from the gastro but we are still very concerned. Are these numbers high? Why would the gastro do the same tests? Will the results change from day to day? Can brandon have an allergy just to wheat and gluten or does this automactially mean that he has Celiac? I was kinda in shock in the gasro office when he mentioned this disease and have tons of questions i didn't think to ask. I am just hearing of this disease and am trying to learn all i can so any info u guys can send my way is greatly appreciated.

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Exactly what were they testing for? Did they do IGg and IGa, and EMA? If so those numbers are pretty low for being celiac. That is what my daughter had done and her numbers were 131, 133, and negative. Thats the normal celiac panel as far as I know. Did your doctor mention doing an endoscopy? I am kind of in the same boat as far as not really understanding. My 15 month old daughter weighs 17 pounds 14 oz. as of today and they think she may have celiac but they are really pushing the endoscopy which makes me quite nervous. She is so little and frail and has been through so much. It has been 2 1/2 weeks since we got the results back stating she was positive for celiac and started the gluten free diet. There is definately something worng, but dont know if it is celiac or something else. She has a test for cystic fibrosis coming up. I guess we will wait on results from that before we decide on the endoscopy. We are also getting a second opinion. This is all so hard and taxing on you. May God bless you.

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Thanks for the great input. The gastro called today and said that the results came back negative for celiac and we're all glad. I want to thank everyone who writes on this forum. I came to your forum with tons of questions and walked away feeling reasurred that even if brandon had celiac it wouldn't be as horrible as I first thought. It made me see that this disease is not as uncommon as I thought and that you guys are great parents who love their kids very much. Thank you everyone and god bless you all. :D:D:D:D

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    • I figured I would update those who were wondering.  I have gotten the appt. so far moved up to August 30. I am waiting to have gene testing done via swab for all 3 of my kiddos tomorrow. My daughters celiac antibodies came up negative but her IgA is low which the ped said could cause false negative antibodies for celiac so she will need to see a GI dr. also. The pediatrician is going to call the GI to try to get them in sooner. I am keeping them all on a gluten diet until the GI dr. decides what to do. I am on the cancellation list already for my son, however I am not going to be persistent with my phone calls to them until I have the results of the gene test. I really want that result in my hand before going to the GI dr if I can. Maybe if he is positive, along with his bloodwork and my history they can forgo the endoscopy. But he will eat gluten till then.  My husband and I have been very honest and upfront with him as to what is going on and the possibility of the endoscopy and what that entails and although scared in general he seems ok after assuring him that since I have it he has me to help him every step of the way.  Going through his current diet with him I realized that he is truly on such a low gluten diet that I am actually surprised his bloodwork shows antibodies at all!  So I told him to make a list of allllll the gluten he could possibly think of eating and he needs to pound it until the GI visit or endoscopy. Funny thing is everything he keeps thinking of to want to eat...is already gluten free!  The other night we were at a friends and he asked if he could be done with his hotdog. I made him finish just the bread 😂 Thanks for your help and advise and I will keep y'all posted on both kids!  My oldest is a ok as far as all his antibodies. Just actually had a follow up for other immune issues and all his levels are now normal!
    • I like your plan Cara, I may have to include it in my sons.    Poor little guy is still very very sick. I think he is resisting and cheating, despite having the support of two other siblings and a 100% gluten-free home. 
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