Get email alerts Get E-mail Alerts Sponsor: Sponsor:

Ads by Google:

   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE email alerts

Positive For Iga, Negative Biopsy, Mild Symptoms

2 posts in this topic

I've had very soft/loose stools for more than 6 months straight. No other symptoms. 2 months into it, I went to my primary care physician, who gave me a blood test. I tested positive for only one of the wheat-related antibodies (IgA).

So I went to see a gastroenterologist who performed a endoscopy and colonoscopy, looking for clues of any and all diseases, including Celiac. Results were negative across the board.

Since then, I've been keeping a detailed food diary to try to discern a pattern of what exacerbates the soft stools. No pattern.

So now I'm trying the gluten-free diet. So far no changes.

My questions are:

1) How long will I need to be gluten-free before noticing any improvement?

2) Is it possible to have Celiac Disease and only have this for a symptom?

3) Can biopsies be incorrect?

4) Any other insights or ideas?

Thanks very much,



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ads by Google:

Iga is one of the more specific tests for celiac and false positives are almost unknown. As a result, testing positive on the Iga along with symptoms means there's a pretty high percentage chance you have celiac disease or are in the stages headed toward celiac disease.

Biopsies are not infallible for a few reasons. You might be at a stage where there isn't any obvious damage. Or what damage you do have is so spotty the samples missed it (he should have taken at 10-12 samples; if he took just a couple he didn't take enough). Or your doctor thinks you have to have completely flattened villi to have celiac disease. Most experts now consider it celiac disease with a lot less damage.

Symptoms can run the gamut. I know people who have been positive on blood and biopsy and have had not the slightest symptom. Most of these people were tested by blood first because they were a first-degree relative of somebody with celiac disease.

Some people feel better almost immediately and others take weeks or even months. But most will notice some difference relatively soon.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now