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Can a person with Celiac's be an organ donor do you think? No, I'm not planning on kicking the bucket.

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Can a person with Celiac's be an organ donor do you think? No, I'm not planning on kicking the bucket.

Short answer is yes: http://answers.hrsa.gov/cgi-bin/hrsa.cfg/p...amp;p_topview=1

(quite a URL that is). Now, whether we'll have any organs fit to donate when we're done with them is another question.

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I actually wropte to the MN chapter of the organ donation people and asked about bone marrow. They never answered me back (outside of an auto-reply), which I took as a no.

I don't think very much study has been done on certain aspects of this (like the marrow question). I read on a post here some time ago that because the marrow makes certain kinds of cells, the disease might transfer. That's why I wrote to them.

The red cross will take our blood (if we are feeling well enough). Note, though, that they do not screen blood for gliadin (from an untreated celiac, say.)

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I believe you can donate if you are in good health and do not show signs of any complications from Celiac Disease.

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To make a long story short, I am an undiagnosed celiac, with positive results on the diet. Have been to a GI doctor who specializes in Celiac, said that I did not need testing because I would test negative anyway because I was already on the Gluten-Free diet for about 1 year.

I was just approved to donate a kidney to my mother who has poly-cystic kidney disease. She has been on Dialysis for 3 1/2 years now. The surgery was scheduled for September 8. Due to unforseen circumstances, we postponed the surgery for a few months....

SO, yes you can be an organ donor, even with Celiac Disease.....

Wenmin

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