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Should I Get Biopsy Done? Need Advice Pleae!

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My labs came back as follows:

ENDOMYSIAL AB (IGA) SCREEN POSITIVE (REF RANGE: NEGATIVE)

ENDOMYSIAL AB TITER 1:5 NO REF RANGE GIVEN

I've been reading lots of posts where people had lots of numbers and ranges in their labs, but this is all mine says. I don't understand what the test is and what it means. Also what is a titer and what does the 1:5 in the "out of range" column mean?

I posted this previously and got some good advice as to going back to eating gluten if I have the endoscopy done (I've been gluten-free for 2 weeks now), but then I started thinking about whether I should even bother having the endoscopy done. I realize ultimately its my decision, but I would surely appreciate any input anyone on here has on the subject. Is this lab result enough to assume I have celiac? This is all new to me so I appreciate any input. Thanks!

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For me I wanted the biopsy, even knowing the potential for false negatives. It helped me to deal with it knowing it was positive. Also, the way I saw it was they could be on the look out for any other problems besides biopsy for celiac. My gi doc also had me do an occult blood stool test. It came out positive several months after my EGD. I was told that they wanted me to have a colonoscopy. I knew deep down that there was nothing wrong, (figured it was from hemorrhoids) but for the peace of mind I went through with it. The doc ended up removing a polyp (it was benign) and the rest of it was good. Yeah, I don't have to have another one until I'm 45! :lol: It's a very individual decision and I'm sure you will come to a decision that you are comfortable with.

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I chose not to pursue any further diagnoses. It doesn't matter to me what the tests show, I'm still not eating gluten, so why go through the trouble and expense?

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