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  1. I've been having IBS symptoms for a couple months, and saw a GI recently who had me have blood work done to test for celiac desease. I had not received the results in over a week so I called his secretary and she said he is on vacation. She said the result was 5 units, and that's all she said. I finally got her to fax me the lab report. The doctor's discharge note from my visit listed Labs Transglutam IgA Ab and Total Serum IgA. The lab report that I received from his secretary today shows: IgA 228 MG/DL 70-400 TRANSGLUT IgA 5 UNITS < 20 < 20 Units Negative 20 - 30 Units Weak Positive > 30 Units Moderate to Strong Positive This, I assume, would show that I am negative for the antibodies? But I don't know. I have researched the tests on the net and saw that tissue transglutaminase antibody test is < 4 negative, 4 - 10 weak positive, and 10 - 20 positive. Are these 2 different tests? The secretary called the doctor and he said the only way to know for sure is to perform an EGD and take a biopsy to check the intestine tissue. I told her I had read that the gene test for DQ2 and DQ8 should be done as a process of elimination, and she said it is very expensive and my insurance probably wouldn't pay for it. Can anyone clarify these tests, my results, and what the next steps should be? Thank you!