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Hi All! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Amy and I'm from Illinois. I'm new here and this is my first post. I just got the results of my blood test today. Just curious... Do you think I have to have the biopsy done if I got these numbers...

Reference for both IGA and IGG test:

less than 19 - Neg.

20-30 - weak positive

31+ - positive

IGA antibodies - 185

IGG antibodies - 437

I showed a local doctor who also has it and she said that the numbers were really high. When she had her test done, she was at 155 for IGA and declined the biopsy. The family practice clinic i went to has never given the test before, therefore never diagnosing the disease. After reading about celiac sprue everywhere lately, and doing some research on the symptoms, I called them and asked for the test. My symptoms included chronic diarreah for about 3 years, (about 6 months after my first son was born), then more symptoms started showing up about 2-3 months ago, about 1 month after I had my 2nd son. The new symptoms included malabsorption of nutrients (I was low in Mg, K and Calcium), horrible fatique (couldn't take care of my 3.5 year old and 1 month old), nausea and vommitting, etc... Basically I had very classic symptoms. I also have some questions on whether I should have my infant tested (I'll probably wait until they have to draw blood for something with my toddler, he's seems to be doing fine). I go see a GI Specialist on Aug. 10.

Thanks for the help, words of advice, etc... in advance.



Gluten-free since 7-15-07

Diagnosed as Celiac on 7-17-07

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Hi Amy welcome

Getting a biopsy is totally up to you if you have insurance then I say ok you got that covered and you can see how much damage that you have, I you don't have insurance and money is an issue then you may not want to do it. Having the numbers might be enough, but the others here could tell you more.


Fecal Antigliadin IgA 21 (Normal Range <10 Units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 13 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score <300 Units (Normal Range <300 Units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 12 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0501

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (Subtype 5,5)

You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!

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Guest j_mommy

I agree with little d on the biopsy....totally a personal choice! I wanted to know how much damage was done, so I had one.

Pregnancy seemed to be my trigger too, although I have had symptoms all my life. I had my son tested, he's 2 and he was negative. Having them tested is also up to you....are they showing any symptoms? my son wasn't but I wanted to know.

I also had fatigue really bad and couldn't keep up with my little guy. After about 2 weeks on teh diet I saw improvemnt and now I feel like a new person!

Good Luck!

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