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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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I was just diagnosed Wed. with Celiac. I was diagnosed as a baby back in the late 60's also but since they didn't know a whole lot about Celiac I've been eating normal food up until now (age 36). After reading about Celiac in a digestion book I decided to get checked for sure. The blood results definetely pointed to Celiac and I had an Endoscopy with biopsies on Wed. I'm wondering if it's normal to have biopsies and what the results usually tell you. I'm hoping to hear in a few days. My next Dr.'s appt is May 9th.

This is a fantastic sight and I've actually started the gluten-free diet but eating out has me very confused. :blink:

Since I'm very new at this any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Biopsies are a pretty regular occurence after positive bloodwork. The biopsy will usually show either complete damage to the villi (where all the samples come back as positive), patchy damage (some samples showing villous atrophy, some not), or no damage, which could be the result of taking samples from all the areas that were not damaged. With positive bloodwork, though, a negative biopsy should not be taken too seriously. It could be due to a number of factors.

Don't start the gluten-free diet until after all testing is complete--you don't want a false negative.

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Yes I agree with celiac3270 100%.

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