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Dawneekoz

Did My Son's Doctor Order All Tests Needed?

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Hi everyone, I am new here. I actually stumbled on this site while researching the internet about possibilities of causes for some of my son's ongoing symptoms. (constipation, reflux, cough believed to be from reflux, possible lactose intolerance, huge distended belly.) Since being on this site, I have come up with more possible symptoms, (slow growth- 5% or under on charts, picky eater, occasional tummy aches, lots of gas, etc.) Anyway, I emailed his GI doc and asked if he can be tested for Celiac and she immediately sent back a lab slip. (he is also being tested for lactose intolerance in a couple of weeks.) Anyway, the test only had Total IgA and Tissue Transglutaminase IgG and IgA marked. Is that enough for preliminary testing?

Thanks for any feedback.

Dawn

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Hi Dawn and welcome here!

These are the test (the whole panel) that your doctor needs to order:

Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA) both IgA and IgG

Anti-endomysial antibodies (EMA) - IgA

Anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTG) - IgA

Total IgA level

I don't know how old your son is, but often times these tests are not very reliable for children under five. Even in adults the reliability is not always accurate.

There are three current mean of diagnosis:

1. blood work (as above)

2. endoscopy-biopsy

3 positive dietary response.

Good luck with your testing and feel free to ask any question.


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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Hi Dawn and welcome here!

These are the test (the whole panel) that your doctor needs to order:

Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA) both IgA and IgG

Anti-endomysial antibodies (EMA) - IgA

Anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTG) - IgA

Total IgA level

I don't know how old your son is, but often times these tests are not very reliable for children under five. Even in adults the reliability is not always accurate.

There are three current mean of diagnosis:

1. blood work (as above)

2. endoscopy-biopsy

3 positive dietary response.

Good luck with your testing and feel free to ask any question.

Hi and thanks for the reply. So it looks like what she is testing him for is not complete.Should I say something to her or wait and see if her intention was to first see the results of these tests before going further? And my son is 5 years old.

Thanks,

Dawn

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