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The doctor just told me that DEXA scan may not be covered for every celiac.  She seemed unimpressed to hear a doctor told me my bone mass was nill when I was 25 years old.  I had 30+ years of celiac.  I will call my insurance and find out, but anyone know of general guidelines? 

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From the osteoporosis org.

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/when-and-how-often-should-adults-get-screened-for-osteoporosisosteopenia-after-being-diagnosed-with-celiac-disease

When and how often should adults get screened for osteoporosis/osteopenia after being diagnosed with celiac disease?

60% of celiacs at the time of diagnosis have abnormal bone mass, therefore you should be screened at diagnosis. If bone density is normal at diagnosis, proceed with routine screening with your primary care physician. If abnormal, then get re-screened after you’ve been on a gluten-free diet for one year to see if there is improvement. In some cases, you may need to see a bone specialist if osteoporosis hasn’t improved while on a gluten-free diet.

Hard to cut and paste on my iPad. If I take too long, it deletes what I was trying to post. Anyway, try showing the doc this info. Bone density scans are pretty standard for women over 50 as a base line.

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The doctor just told me that DEXA scan may not be covered for every celiac.  She seemed unimpressed to hear a doctor told me my bone mass was nill when I was 25 years old.  I had 30+ years of celiac.  I will call my insurance and find out, but anyone know of general guidelines? 

Maybe they are unsure of what is covered now that our health system is being tampered with?  I have had 3 of these things myself and never had problem with coverage.  I think if you have an underlying condition that can damage your bone density, coverage is different than for those with normal bone density.  You have to ask your insurer....good luck!

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I had a DEXA scan ordered by my rheumatologist in December because of my lupus + celiac + long term steroid use.  I think the imaging place did a pre approval on it, so you can ask the facility they send you to if they do pre-approvals first to prevent any trouble.

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