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Hi! Last week I saw my doctor and asked him to run a test to rule out celiac. I just received my copy in the mail and it says its positive. Here is what the result says:

ENDOMYSIAL AB SCREEN (IGA)

REFLEX TO TITER

ENDOMYSIAL AB(IGA) SCREEN Positive

ENDOMYSIAL AB TITER 1:5

Can anyone tells me what this means? My doctor is on vacation so I have no idea how long it will be before the office calls me about the results. In the meantime, I'm curious to know what this result means. Does it mean I have celiac? Thanks for your help! This is a great forum!!!

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A postive test result means it is likely that you do have celiac. If you plan on having a biopsy keep eating gluten. If your not having a biopsy then start the diet.

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A postive test result means it is likely that you do have celiac. If you plan on having a biopsy keep eating gluten. If your not having a biopsy then start the diet.

Thank you. I was afraid of that. I have an appt. with a ge on the 19th, but I dont' know when they will schedule the endoscopy for. I've been gluten-free for about 2 weeks now, and I'm deathly afraid of eating any gluten. I'm even having dreams that I eat a little and then realize it was gluten. LOL Will being gluten-free for a few weeks still make a difference in my endoscopy results, or do you still think I should go back to eating gluten again? Thanks for your help! :)

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Thank you. I was afraid of that. I have an appt. with a ge on the 19th, but I dont' know when they will schedule the endoscopy for. I've been gluten-free for about 2 weeks now, and I'm deathly afraid of eating any gluten. I'm even having dreams that I eat a little and then realize it was gluten. LOL Will being gluten-free for a few weeks still make a difference in my endoscopy results, or do you still think I should go back to eating gluten again? Thanks for your help! :)

Going gluten free for any period of time is not a good idea when you're planning on getting a biopsy.

The biopsy is valuable for many reasons, the most important being determining how much damage you may have, as well as ruling out any other conditions. Then if you have a negative biopsy, you may always wonder "what if I hadn't gone gluten free", and be kicking yourself in the hiney for it :)

If you plan on getting that biopsy, please keep eating gluten until it's done, and hopefully it won't take you too long to get in for the procedure :) Good luck!

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Yes, eating gluten free for a couple of weeks could affect your testing. If you plan to go through with an endoscopy, you should indeed go back to eating gluten.

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Thank you everyone! I really appreciate your input! I will go back to eating gluten until my test results. You are right. If I'm going to go through the process of testing, then I might as well get the most accurate result I can.

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Thank you everyone! I really appreciate your input! I will go back to eating gluten until my test results. You are right. If I'm going to go through the process of testing, then I might as well get the most accurate result I can.

If you have been gluten free for a couple weeks you may have a more intense reaction when you add it back in. If you should become severely ill from the challenge do let your doctor know. Some will have you stop the challenge. A dietary challenge is another valid tool in the road to diagnosis. Some doctors recognize this and some don't.

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If you have been gluten free for a couple weeks you may have a more intense reaction when you add it back in. If you should become severely ill from the challenge do let your doctor know. Some will have you stop the challenge. A dietary challenge is another valid tool in the road to diagnosis. Some doctors recognize this and some don't.

Thank you. Wow! I've learned so much here that I never would have thought of. Thank you for the time you respond to my post :)

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