Celiac Plus Testing...
Posted 28 June 2005 - 02:12 PM
While trying to sort out my abdominal pain/gas/constipation issues, my specialist finally approved for me to take the Celiac test. I recieved a paper in the mail a short while ago that has all the information for the "Celiac Plus" test. I was told prior to the testing by my regular doctor and nutrisionist that you need to have gluten/wheat in your body while the first blood work is done. When i arrived at the hospital labs, my specialist office called, telling me I needed to wait 10 days before getting the blood, or else it wouldn't work. Now I was completely confused and I needed to get the right answer from someone. Come to find out (later in the afternoon), that specialist WAS incorrect, and I was suppose to get the blood drawn while on the gluten prior to it. The lab used the blood and syrum and it got sent out yesterday.
Anyhow, I just couldn't believe that a specialist who works with celiac patients gave me the wrong info, and I tried clearing it up with the rest of the people who are trying to help me, to make the correct decision.
Now onto my question! (sorry kind of long ^^'):
How reliable is the Celiac Plus test? It says under it that it should check for 5 different things in the blood stream (hoping they do that at the main lab, because the hospital sure didn't; the place where they just took it for storage). I couldn't find any info on the net about the procudures, but I did do it correctly right? And that if it comes out negative, should I be concerned that it wasn't accurate? Also, should I do the 10 days = no gluten after I get these results back?
Thank you very much, and sorry for the long post again.
Posted 29 June 2005 - 10:13 AM
Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA
Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG
Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA
Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA
Total Serum IgA
If that is the test...yes this is a good panel to get done. The best lab in the US for testing is Prometheus.
Do not go gluten free until after testing either
Sorry I didn't respond sooner I didn't see your post
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Posted 29 June 2005 - 10:20 AM
Posted 29 June 2005 - 11:42 AM
Dx with IBS 5 years ago
Dx with Celiac and gluten-free since 6/17/05
Posted 29 June 2005 - 04:10 PM
I had been eating wheat/guten prior to the testing, and did not stop eating it until right after the test. I'm not sure which lab it's getting sent to... thats why I'm kind of worried that they aren't going to understand that it's the "Full Celiac Plus" test, and may mess it up. I sure hope not!
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