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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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What Tests Make A Complete Celiac Blood Panel?
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What lab tests should be ordered for a complete celiac panel? My 18 month old son reacted violently to we suspect wheat when introduced to solids. Genetic tests show 2 copies of DQ8 for my son. I've had tons of weird symptoms for years and am scheduled for a biopsy next week. My husband recently mentioned he's had loose stools for years, and he also is physically short stature and so skinny (I'm jealous!). He's considering getting tested to see if he could have celiac. His mom also mentioned she goes between consipation and loose stools and suffers from heartburn/acid reflux and is scheduled to have surgery for that (she mentioned my son's possible celiac to her GI doctor and when they did a endoscopy it doesn't sound like they looked for signs of celiac). Could heartburn/acid reflux go with celiac? If so it would maybe be nice to get my husband blood tested before his mom's surgery so getting into a family doctor would be quicker than a GI doctor. But our family clinic didn't run a complete celiac panel on my son so I don't know what one would involve and if we could find out what lab work we should ask for that would be wonderful!

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The following is usually considered to be a complete celiac panel:

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG

Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA

Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG

Total Serum IgA

The last test is a control to make sure that normal amounts of IgA are produced, otherwise the IgG versions of the tests need to be run also.

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Which of these in the celiac panel determines your gluten level?

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There is no one test that tells you a level of gluten you are eating. The deamidated gliadin peptide (DGP) is thought to be the quickest to react to gluten ingestion or removal, but does not indicate that a certain amount of gluten has been consumed. It would be an awesome test to have access to.

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