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Anyone done genetic testing for celiac? My daughter has it and I'd like to have my son tested to see if he has the gene. My insurance doesn't cover it. How expensive is it? Is there an at home kit? Any experiences with it?

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Anyone done genetic testing for celiac? My daughter has it and I'd like to have my son tested to see if he has the gene. My insurance doesn't cover it. How expensive is it? Is there an at home kit? Any experiences with it?

My son had genetic testing done for celiacs. Our insurance did cover it, but it couldn't be done at a regular lab, we had to go to the hospital lab that does the prometheus test for celiac.
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i did genetic testing thru enterolab .. it was about 150$ im happy i spent the money!

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If it would make a difference then do it. They did it on both my girls to try rule it out. It ruled it in. But.... Even though I know my younger dd has dq 2 I am still not gluten-free with her. 30% of the population has it, too. My celiac dd has both 2 and 8 so we are gluten-free with her despite no gi symptoms.

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I found it interesting. My DD, who was both biopsy and blood work positive, had her's done and was told she didn't have the genes. Thus they said her diagnosis was a false diagnosis. I then had my genes tested. Turns out I don't have either one of the two most commonly tested for celiac associated genes either. I have a double dose of a gene that is recognized in other countries but not in the US. So if you want to have the testing done have it done but know that it can not fully rule out celiac if the gene tests are not positive for DQ2 or DQ8.

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ravenwoodglass

Can you tell us more about the double gene?

My GI took bloods for genetic testing Monday, so I want to be ready in case it is negative. I am not sure which tests are done in the UK, but he was very clear his view is no genes no celiac.

He was very helpful and listened. I am always up for educating a doctor if necessary :)

Thanks

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I had a genetic test from a lab in Sweetwater, Texas. I was very satisfied with the results and information they provided me with. I had both 2 DQ2 snf 2 DQ8. I was told that all of my children were therefore carriers of the genes. I also discovered that both of my parents have the genes. Most people could probably not discover all of that from the one test. I had 4/4 gene alleles for gluten intolerance. The cost was under 400 dollars and involved swabbing some cells from the cheeks with cotton swab, filling out paperwork and mailing it back to the lab. The genetic test plus my symptoms were used by my MD for diagnosis. ***

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I was told that since my ds tested negative for DQ2 an DQ8 that there is NO chance he can have celiac. hmmmmm...

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I had the genetic test, ordered by my gastro. Insurance paid for it.

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We had the test and based on the result, it led our original doctor to believe that my son did NOT have it. After we switched doctors and they did an endoscopy, he was found to be very positive. People with the genes don't always get it. People without the genes do get it. I'm not really sure how a test like that can be helpful.

Cara

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not nessisarily. The doctors in the U.S. only test for those two. I've heard that outside of the States they test for more.

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      I really do hope its only IBS. Though I always worry IBS is more or less a doctors way of saying "I have no clue" at that point. :C

      Again, I'll be sure to give my PCP a call tomorrow then and see what the options are. I can feel a lot better trying the blood work first. however, once that is done, do I still need to be on a gluten diet before the endoscopy? Also, is it ok if I still mildly reduce the gluten. As in, can I avoid a whole wheat pasta dinner, but still be eating the peanut butter crackers? That sort of thing. Again I guess that is more of a doctor related question. I just wasn't sure if in order to raise your chance, you have to mass consume gluten or not. (Its already in just about everything to begin with.)
       
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    • She (your PCP)  can order a celiac blood panel.  It might not be a complete panel, but it's a start.  Any medical doctor can order one.  A GI is needed for the endoscopy (ulcers, Celiac disease, h.pylori, etc.), HIDA scan (gallbladder)  or colonoscopy (IBS).   Since you just saw her, email/call/write a letter and ask her to order (lab) the celiac panel.  You could go to the lab before or after work.  Pretty easy!  
    • I just now saw the second reply and I see what you mean. Again, the issue is that I may have to go with the gluten until close to the end of the year.

      However, an idea did just come to mind, and that is, can my primary care doctor do such a test? I had normal blood work done, but they didn't really say anything about testing for celiacs. I can get an appointment with my primary care doctor much sooner than a GI.

      When I was talking to my PCP last, I asked her what I should expect as far as testing goes or what she may have been concerned about. Her reply was about a HIDA scan for the gallbladder but also any test needed in case of IBS or Celiacs. Just the way she threw that in there like an after thought and left me hanging kinda had me worried.
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