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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I'm looking for some help interpreting my 4 yr old sons Celiac Panel results from 2 yrs ago. I'm currently waiting on new test results as we speak. His GI said he tested + for Celiacs through blood work so he performed a biopsy. The biopsy was negative and his GI Dr. said biopsy is the "gold standard" for diagnosis and since that was negative then he doesn't have celiac disease. He doesn't really have any GI problems but he has severe short stature (3-5 percentile), low weight, diagnosed failure to thrive as infant, developmental delays, speech/language delays. He will be 5 in October and he's the size of a 3 yr old and weighs 29lbs. Since his biopsy was negative they never had me go gluten-free but for some reason last week his Endo wanted to run the Celiac Panel again. I'm assuming if his IGG is elevated again that we will be told to go gluten-free. These are the results from when he was 2.5 yrs old: [ Reference Interval: Gliadin Peptide Ab, IgG ♦ ♦ 19 Units of less: Negative ♦ 20-30 Units: Weak Positive ♦ 31 Units or greater: Positive ♦ ♦ Reference Interval: Gliadin Peptide Ab, IgA ♦ ♦ 19 Units of less: Negative ♦ 20-30 Units: Weak Positive ♦ 31 Units or greater: Positive ♦ ♦ Reference Interval: IgG Tissue Transglutaminase ♦ ♦ Less than 20 Units: None Detected ♦ 20-30 Units: Weakly Positive ♦ Greater than 30 Units: Positive ♦ ♦ Reference Interval: IgA Tissue Transglutaminase ♦ ♦ Less than 20 Units: None Detected ♦ 20-30 Units: Weakly Positive ♦ Greater than 30 Units: Positive] GLIADIN IGG ABS: 5 Units (<_20) GLIADIN IGA ABS: 2 Units (<_20) 05/07/10 12:40OtherSerol[ Reference Interval: Gliadin Peptide Ab, IgG ♦ ♦ 19 Units of less: Negative ♦ 20-30 Units: Weak Positive ♦ 31 Units or greater: Positive ♦ ♦ Reference Interval: Gliadin Peptide Ab, IgA ♦ ♦ 19 Units of less: Negative ♦ 20-30 Units: Weak Positive ♦ 31 Units or greater: Positive ♦ ♦ Reference Interval: IgG Tissue Transglutaminase ♦ ♦ Less than 20 Units: None Detected ♦ 20-30 Units: Weakly Positive ♦ Greater than 30 Units: Positive ♦ ♦ Reference Interval: IgA Tissue Transglutaminase ♦ ♦ Less than 20 Units: None Detected ♦ 20-30 Units: Weakly Positive ♦ Greater than 30 Units: Positive] IgA TISS TRNSGLUTAMIN AB: 14 Units (<_20) IgG TISS TRNSGLUTAMIN AB: 38* Units (<_20) I want to also note that every time they have ran a CBC dating back to 2008, his platelet count has been higher than normal. From what I've read an elevated platelet count means there is inflammation going on somewhere. I've read that a "close to 0" reading of Gliadin IGA could mean they are IGA deficient. Is this the case here? Based on the blood test results and from your non expert opinion - would you say Celiacs is to blame?
  2. I'm looking for some help interpreting my 4 yr old sons Celiac Panel results from 2 yrs ago. I'm currently waiting on new test results as we speak. His GI said he tested + for Celiacs through blood work so he performed a biopsy. The biopsy was negative and his GI Dr. said biopsy is the "gold standard" for diagnosis and since that was negative then he doesn't have celiac disease. He doesn't really have any GI problems but he has severe short stature (3-5 percentile), low weight, diagnosed failure to thrive as infant, developmental delays, speech/language delays. He will be 5 in October and he's the size of a 3 yr old and weighs 29lbs. Since his biopsy was negative they never had me go gluten-free but for some reason last week his Endo wanted to run the Celiac Panel again. I'm assuming if his IGG is elevated again that we will be told to go gluten-free. These are the results from when he was 2 yrs old: GLIADIN IGG ABS: 5 Units (<_20) GLIADIN IGA ABS: 2 Units (<_20) IgA TISS TRNSGLUTAMIN AB: 14 Units (<_20) IgG TISS TRNSGLUTAMIN AB: 38* Units (<_20) I want to also note that every time they have ran a CBC dating back to 2008, his platelet count has been higher than normal. From what I've read an elevated platelet count means there is inflammation going on somewhere. I've read that a "close to 0" reading of Gliadin IGA could mean they are IGA deficient. Is this the case here? Based on the blood test results and from your non expert opinion - would you say Celiacs is to blame?
  3. Thank you for your input I didn't think about them being able to check his blood again to see if his levels normalized. You are right about the childrens hospital, we are going to Vanderbilt Childrens and the wait time for specialists is no sooner than 6 months. How was your daughter when she got diagnosed? Did she improve quickly once on the diet? If she was thin/short...did she have a growth spurt? I'm just anxious to get my baby boy healthy.
  4. Hi. I am new to this forum and to Celiac's Disease. I received a call from the Pediatric Endocronologist last Friday letting me know that my 2 1/2 year old son tested positive for Celiacs. He told me that he would have to be seen by the GI dept for a biopsy. Well, the GI Dept is taking their sweet time. My son is underweight, short stature, has developmental delays, and his bone age x-ray showed the bones of a 24 mth old not the 31 mth old that he is. My son is UNHEALTHY and I want to put him on the Gluten free diet ASAP but the Dr's office says I can't until he has his biopsy. He has an appt with the GI clinic June 1st and I'm told "we'll go from there. She might want to do some other things before the biopsy first". What the hell??!! He tested positive on the blood test why not do the durn biopsy so he can begin the new lifestyle and be healthy???? I'm really getting annoyed (as if you couldn't tell lol). It's sooo bittersweet right now because I'm having to feed my son the same foods that I know are hurting him and as a Mother it's very hard to knowingly hurt your child. My vent is over and on to my question lol - Do you remember the time period that lapsed from the positive blood test to the biopsy for your child? I wonder if I'm being too impatient?? Thank you for reading my vent