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stacytr

Member Since 11 Jun 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 23 2012 09:56 PM
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SoCal Ped GI's

13 June 2012 - 05:05 PM

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with 2 different pediatric GI's in southern California.

We were assigned (HMO) to a Dr. Bahar in Encino. He gets good reviews on healthgrades but he's far away from us. He also told me in no uncertain terms that no matter what my daughter's lab results (she has very high #'s) that false positives exist, and we'd have to do an endoscopy.

I know there is another doctor closer to us -- Dr. Laurance. But I don't know anything about him. The pediatricians office likes the first doctor better, but they can't really say why (they can't even REALLY say they like the first one better).

It's for my 5 yr old and I'm just wondering if anyone has been to or heard anything about either of these doctors.

Thanks so much.

5 Year Old -- Does She Need A Biopsy?

11 June 2012 - 02:06 PM

My daughter's pediatrician called me on Friday and said that the celiac panel on her labs all came back positive. She said wed be referred to a pediatric gastroenterologist and that we should get a biopsy. I didnt ask a lot of other questions because i was feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all (even though I had suspected/wondered about gluten/celiac for a while). As soon as I got the lab results, we went gluten-free for her. It wasn't until last night that I read that I was supposed to wait till after a biopsy to change her diet. I'm surprised that they made no mention of sticking to the same diet we'd been doing. Hearing that celiac labs were positive of course I was going to immediately cut out gluten! (The dr didn't say anything about diet one way or another).

I need to find out what her lab #s actually are. I've left a message with the office to get her actual #'s and will post when I get them. Does a positive celiac panel (blood test allergy panel) mean that she is celiac and not just gluten intolerant? She's only been gluten free for a couple of days so we could go back if we really needed to -- just trying to sort it all out.

The big question for me is do I really NEED to get the biopsy -- she's a 36 pound 5 year old and I'm just not sure if it's REALLY necessary. I feel really leery about putting my 36 pound 5 year old under. Ive heard that unless enough samples are taken in the right places that she might be deemed not celiac even if she really is. Basically Im trying to determine from a practical standpoint if we should do the biopsy. I'd love feedback from BTDT folks. If you have thoughts Id sure appreciate them!

Thank you!!