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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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Hi,

To make a long story a little shorter...I've cut a great deal of my gluten out after my dd tested positive to anti-gliadin antibodies. I no longer have gluten in my kitchen but sometimes I eat out. I've found that I have more energy when I'm gluten-free and it seems to take days to recover after eating out. I was diagnosised with relux and IBS years ago.

I decided to get tested for celiac disease and I called to get the results. My Dr. doesn't know much about celiac disease so she's not really sure how to interpret the results. From what I've read on the forum my test shows tissue damage from celiac disease. :unsure:

I tested positive for the Endomysial IGA autoantibodies and the Transglutaminase IGA Autoantibodies. However, the anti-gliadin antibodies were negative as well and my total IGA was normal.

Does this mean I have celiac disease and just wasn't consuming enough gluten to make the anti-gliadin antibodies positive?

Thanks for the insight!! :)

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I tested positive for the Endomysial IGA autoantibodies and the Transglutaminase IGA Autoantibodies. However, the anti-gliadin antibodies were negative as well and my total IGA was normal.

The tTG is the most specific test for celiac disease and the EMA is right behind that test for accuracy and they mainly detect damage to the intestines. They are much more reliable then the regular IgG and IgA antibodies tests.

The tests that came back negative could have been for a # of reasons.

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Thanks Katie,

I know I need to be gluten-free because I feel better!! I just wanted the blood work to help keep me honest, isn't that horrible. :ph34r: I have two other family members that have conclusive blood work and my dad was tested this week as well. I think celiac disease is just in my genes!! I'm so thankful that we had my daughter tested or I would still be living with "IBS." ;) I cried this morning when I got the results. I think more or less because this answers so many questions for me. I've felt so bad for so long, I was afraid people thought I was a making it up!

Thanks for confirming and I'm so thankful to have found this support system. :wub:

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