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6 Year Old Son... Confused By Test Results


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#1 chickpea77

 
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

ttg weak positive, anti g iga negative, anti g igg negative....
i was inconclusively diagnosed celiac about 5 years ago by my family doc (my symptoms are so bad that she told me not to go through with the testing because i would probably lose my job in the process-- i had cut wheat out of my diet prior to the blood test before i had even heard of celiac disease because i only had symptoms when ingesting wheat). i do not present normally as i get severely constipated, bloat until i literally look 6 months pregnant, i curl up into the fetal position because of the pain, and my body almost shuts down (i fall asleep and am next to impossibblw to wake up, in fact i stopped eating wheat because my husband was worried that one day i would fall asleep and wouldn't wake up again.
anyway, now my 6 year old is complaining about stomach pain and can't sem to eat a full meal. after cutting the wheat out for a week we noticed that he was eating like a champ, but once we reintroduced it we were back to the tummy pains and not eating again. he doesn't have diarrhea either....... i just don't know what to think. he is so skinny and i know he will be fine if we just cut the wheat out, but if he is celiac i want the diagnosis confirmed.
the dr says we need to redo the blood test or we can have the scope done. my son is teriffied and i don't want to put him through any unneccessary procedures....
any input would be SO GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

Hello and welcome to the board.

I assume you had your son tested after your diagnosis five years ago with negative result. It is highly possible that in the interim he could have developed celiac. It would be good to know one way or the other particularly if he is not thriving. A blood test is not terribly invasive :) I know you don't like to subject your kids to such things, but they are are a vital part of medical information and I guess sooner or later he will have to have one. I am not a mom, but all the other moms on here have told stories of how they distract their kids and it is only really the actually prick itself when the needle goes in - it is not an especially painful procedure, rather just the surprise of it, so whatever you can do to distract him, pull funny faces, recite ditties, whatever it takes. The main thing is not to give him the impression that this is something that he should be afraid of.

If the blood testing comes back positive you can consider at that time if he should have the endoscopy and discuss it with the GI you are referred to, if any. It is perfectly possible to be celiac without having diarrhea, constipation, of a multitude of other symptoms. Celiac seems to present in different form in each individual, which has in the past made it hard to convince doctors to test for it. But if wheat gives him pain, it certainly sounds suspicious.

If you preferred doing the scope, they sedate them really well so he will not be aware of any of it, and I have not heard of complications from the procedure from any of our posters. If you would only consider doing one procedure then the scope is still considered more definitive providing it is done correctly, with at least six samples taken from different locations.

Now, on rereading your post, I am a bit confused. Were those your son's results or yours?? I was assuming they were yours, now I am not sure :)
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

Thank you for replying :) Those are his results. Where I am confused is the weak positive ttg. Does that mean he does have celiac or not? The iga and igg are negative, so I don't know what to think...
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

Labs normally give ranges for their scores. E.g., let's posit that a score of <5 would be negative (0-4); 5-9 weak positive; >10 positive. Each lab sets their own ranges for the scores based on their particular testing. This would mean that if the ranges were as I set forth he could have a score anywhere between 5 and 9. Now obviously, there is a big difference between 5 and 9. 5 is only just above negative, whereas 9 is only just below positive. He is in no-man's land but depending on where he scored he is closer to one than the other. I would definitely redo the blood test if it were done some time ago. :)
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:32 AM

hi, sorry!
his results are as follows....
gliadin as: IgA 4 ( <20: negative)
gliadin as: IgG 11 (<20: negative)
tissue transglutaminase IgA: 25 HI (20-30 units: weak positive)
so confused :(
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:00 AM

hi, sorry!
his results are as follows....
gliadin as: IgA 4 ( <20: negative)
gliadin as: IgG 11 (<20: negative)
tissue transglutaminase IgA: 25 HI (20-30 units: weak positive)
so confused :(

hi, sorry!
his results are as follows....
gliadin as: IgA 4 ( <20: negative)
gliadin as: IgG 11 (<20: negative)
tissue transglutaminase IgA: 25 HI (20-30 units: weak positive)
so confused :(

where is his total IgA??
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:22 AM

where is his total IgA??


these are the only results i got so i guess they didn't do that one? does ttg iga not count for that?
should i be asking for that??
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

these are the only results i got so i guess they didn't do that one? does ttg iga not count for that?
should i be asking for that??


Yet again, another astounding example of the ignorance in the medical community. *facepalm*
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:05 PM

Just called the dr and he is adding the total iga to the testing! Thank you for the tip!!
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

So we have boosted his glutn intake for exactly a week now and he has lost 2 lbs (and that was after eating dinner!). He is already so thin, and now his shoulderblades feel "sharp". Still no diarrhea/loose stools, but tummy aches when he eats.... Shouldn't he be gaining weight with all the pasta he has been eating?? We have to keep his intake up for another 2 weeks for the blood test.... Feeling like a bad mother :(
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:54 AM

So we have boosted his glutn intake for exactly a week now and he has lost 2 lbs (and that was after eating dinner!). He is already so thin, and now his shoulderblades feel "sharp". Still no diarrhea/loose stools, but tummy aches when he eats.... Shouldn't he be gaining weight with all the pasta he has been eating?? We have to keep his intake up for another 2 weeks for the blood test.... Feeling like a bad mother :(


You are not a bad mother - celiac testing is beyond frustrating. His possitive tTG and symptoms are enough to diagnose for some doctors, but I do agree that getting all starting data before removing gluten is the best option.

I did not see a tTG IgG in the mix - and were the gliadin tests Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) - if not add these too.

Has there been nutrient testing - B12, D, K, Iron, Ferritin, Copper, Zinc along with CBC and CMP - if possible get all complete in his next draw - as it will give you a good snapshot before removing gluten.

Hang in there - you are researching and asking questions - that makes you a very good Mom :)
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

hank you for the info! i have booked an appointment for tomorrow morning because he has lost another pound :( i just want to get to the bottom of this before it gets any worse! he has been complaining with less and less ingestion. we have virtually cut out dairy while we are doing the challenge, just to get an accurate idea of how much of the pain is coming from the gluten.
i guess at this point, after boosting gluten intake in the house i am noticing my eldest son, who is almost 11, is completely out of sorts..... he can't seem to focus, quick to tears, yawning all the time, just not himself. maybe i'm getting ahead of myself, but if your younger child came back with a weak positive and you suffer from celiac disease yourself, would you test your oldest for it as well even though he isn't exhibiting any gastro symptoms?
thanks:)
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

It's genetic. All first degree relatives are supposed to be tested periodically, even with no symptoms.

First degree relatives = parents, brothers and sisters, children
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:56 PM

thank you :)
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

so, we went back to the dr to go over everything that you have all suggested, as well as the intensive internet research i've been doing (argh!), and the dr said all of my research is spot on (thank you!!). he wants my son to keep eating the gluten until friday when he goes in for a repeat blood test (total iga, ttg iga, dgp iga and igg, and ema). after getting the test done (along with my eldest who will also be doing the bloodwork) i am to takehim off of gluten until we get a date to see the ped. gi. once we have the date we can go ahead with reintroducing the gluten because it could be anywhere from 3 to 6 months for the initial meeting. he said that we have just basically proved that he has Celiac disease, and will send us for the scope just to get a definite diagnosis, but he said that even if the scope comes back as normal it would probably be best to remove it from his diet anyway.
that is as good as a diagnosis for me to make up my mind about his diet, but my only concern is the gluten challenge..... has anyone done the 1.5 months, 4 slices of bread and had the scope come back negative? he has now lost 3.8 ponds in 2 weeks.... he is already SO skinny and needs to put on some weight..... is 1.5 months really enough to prove damage?
thank you again for all of your support--it makes me feel so much less isolated in trying to help my son
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