Celiac Blood Test
Posted 19 December 2004 - 10:11 AM
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Posted 26 December 2004 - 06:49 PM
IgA endomysial antibody (IgA EMA)
IgA tissue transglutaminase antibody (IgA tTG)
IgA antigliadin antibody (IgA AGA)
IgG antigliadin antibody (IgG AGA)
Elevated levels of any of these means celiac disease is a possiblity. Which ones did she test positive for? How high were her levels. Certain ones are more accurate than others. For example - a positive endomysial marker is 98%-100% accurate for celiac disease without a biopsy.
I would call and talk to the lab to get the specifics of the test and then ask for someone else to interpret the results. If your child has elevated IgA levels it should be looked into.
Did you have allergy testing done as well? If not I would do so.
If you can't get better results get a second opinion. My doctor has very limited knowledge of celiac disease. I was even told that is was up to me whether or not to follow a gluten free diet for them!
My computer was broke and I finally got a new one and just saw this post. I will try to check back to see if you have more questions.
Posted 29 December 2004 - 07:20 AM
I'm new to the "Celiac Community" but definitely not new to food allergies. I had my "bloodprint" done, which tests for food allergies - IgA and IgG. (The third type of allergies - IgE?? - tests for instant, "obvious" reactions - like anaphalectic reaction to peanuts, for example) IgG would be referring to a delayed food allergy (symptoms ranging from headaches to moodiness to skin problems, etc.). IgA, that you are referring to, refers to a "gut" reaction. Your digestive system is your body's first line of immune defense (giving your body a chance to vomit or have diarrhea to eliminate the toxin), so if there is a positive IgA response, it means that the "gut" is allergic to it. Now, I'm still in research phases - so somebody correct me if I'm wrong - but I believe the difference between an allergy and Celiac Disease is that celiac disease means that gluten actually destroys the villi in the intestines... which, of course, is much more serious than a mere allergy. (I am 27 years old, and just now learning about an IgA allergy I have to soy...)
What brings me to do Celiac research is that my son, 15 months, is also being tested right now. (We got the blood-draw today.) I'm gluten-sensitive, but my son (knock on wood) is having possible celiac symptoms. (Chronic diarrhea, weightloss, etc.)
Kristen in Colorado
Posted 29 December 2004 - 09:08 AM
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Posted 02 January 2005 - 01:07 AM
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
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