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Hi,

I received my daughters blood test results today and need help understanding what they mean.

Gliadin Anitibodies IgA / IgG

Gliadin Ab, IgA 7.4Hf

Gliadin Ab, IgG 35.0Hf

REF RANGE for both is (0.0 - 7.0) U/ml

<7.0 = negative

7.0 - 10.0 = Equivocal

>10 = positive

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The IgA is equivocal, but the IgG is a strong positive.

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Thank you.

Would you mind going into a little more detail about what the results mean for my daughter? I'm sorry I'm having hard time explaining myself here. My only excuse is his is all new to me and I'm a little overwhelmed with all the information I've been reading over the last few days.

What I'd really like to know , is the positive test result pointing toward celiac disease or more toward a gluten intolerance? Do the results warrant further testing? If it matters, my daughter was gluten free for 2 weeks before the test was done. She was having some very painful gastro problems that began to get better within 3 days of removing gluten from her diet, the tremors in her hands have lessened and her breathing has improved.

Normally I take would speak to her Doctor about this but she's has been having these problems for over 5 years and her doctors were never able to pinpoint the problem so I really don't trust that he know's much about celiac disease.

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Your daughter's results were positive for celiac disease, even though she had not been eating gluten for two weeks before the test. The IgA was a weak positive, the IgG was strongly positive. Did your doctor not discuss the results with you or schedule an appointment to do so? Or not refer you to a pediatric GI specialist? The GI specialist would normally want to perform an endoscopy with biopsies to confirm the diagnosis, at which time he would recommend a trial of the gluten free diet which you already have her on, or if they came out negative we would certainly recommend a trial of the diet.

Now it is not obligatory to have the biopsy, it is entirely your choice for your daughter. If her gastro, breathing and tremors have all improved on the diet, it certainly seems like gluten is the culprit, and she does have the positive testing for celiac. However, sometimes the endoscopy is useful to check that there is nothing else going on that is causing symptoms.

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