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Getting Tested, Am I Doing This Right?

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I am having an endoscopy w/biopsy done on the 20th of may to test for celiac. However, I have been gluten-free since mid/late december, or maybe before... I can't remember. I mentioned this to the GI doctor, and he said that this wouldn't be an issue. I've been told that for a proper diagnosis of celiac disease, you must not be on a gluten free diet for a certain period of time. So, what gives here? Is my GI doctor a nut or have things changed? He seemed pretty knowledgeable to me about other things, and he claims to have quite a few celiac patients.

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He doesn't know what he is doing. Hopefully you are back on gluten and have been for a while. If not if you want any chance of an accurate diagnosis you need to be back on the full gluten diet for 3 months. Even then there is a chance of a false negative. How did you feel gluten free?

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I'm sorry, but raven is right. For a endoscopic biopsy for celiac disease to be effective you have to be on a gluten containing diet. And if you have been off gluten for a while it needs to be an extensive, intensive diet. Your GI is flat out wrong. You need to change doctors.

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I'll have to call up the doctor's office and question them about it again. I'll post the response. Thanks for the responses.

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