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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I have been gluten free for over a year and am currently doing a gluten challenge for blood tests. I had gene tests done for myself and both my teenagers and we all show 3 positive gene alleles for gluten sensitivity. My children do not have any symptoms at this time. I plan on going back on a gluten free diet after the blood tests no matter what, but my children are resisting. I am looking for some good information to pass along to them to use as they get older and are no longer under my dietary control as to what they can expect as far as gluten sensitivity, odds of celiac, etc. Can someone give me insight as to what these tests mean? Thank you. Our results are: Myself: DQA1: 0501 (HLA-DQ2) Positive DQB1: 0201 (HLA-DQ2) Positive DQB1: 0602 (HLA-DQ1) Positive Both kids: DQA1: 0301 (HLA-DQ8) Positive DQB1: 0302 (HLA-DQ8) Positive DQB1: 0602 (HLA-DQ1) Positive
  2. I was tested 1 1/2 years ago by Enterolabs, with the following results: Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA 12 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units) Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201 HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0602 Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,1 (Subtype 2,6) I have been off gluten (mostly) since that time but about 1 1/2 weeks ago, I decided to start eating gluten again so that I could be tested for celiac. For the first 4-5 days, I felt horrible. I was bloated, fatigued, head-achy, burpy, and just generally felt bad. For the last 4-5 days, I have felt fine and have even been less constipated than usual. Still a little burpy, but other than that, better than before I went off gluten 1 1/2 years ago. I intend to remain on gluten for another couple of weeks and get blood tests done for celiac, but I assume that if I feel this OK, that they will be negative. Anyone have any insight on my symptoms getting better? Does this sound like mild gluten intolerance and there's a chance that I can eat gluten in the future without jeopardizing my health? The main reason I decided to get tested is that I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Thanks for any insight.
  3. I had genetic testing and fecal antibody testing done by Enterolabs about 1 1/2 years ago after suffering from GI type problems all my life. I was a healthy weight but had chronic constipation, bloating, fatigue, muscle aches, migraines, among other things, so I decided to get tested. My results were as follows: Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA 12 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units) Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201 HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0602 Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,1 (Subtype 2,6) Interpretation Of HLA-DQ Testing: HLA-DQB1 gene analysis reveals that you have one of the main genes that predisposes to gluten sensitivity and celiac sprue, HLA-DQB1*0201 or HLA-DQB1*0302. You also have a non-celiac gene predisposing to gluten sensitivity (any DQ1, DQ2 not by HLA-DQB1*0201, or DQ3 not by HLA-DQB1*0302) I never fully understood the results but went off gluten mostly for the last 1 1/2 years, telling myself that I am gluten sensitive, but not celiac. In January of this year, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and decided that I needed to take the gluten issues more seriously. I think I have been avoiding a celiac diagnosis because life is much easier that way. I don't eat gluten, but I don't worry about cross-contamination and occasionally cheat by doing things like eating icing off a cake with a few cake crumbs on it. Now, I am thinking that I need to do a gluten challenge and get blood work done so that I can't ignore what I need to do if I am indeed celiac. I don't currently have a gastroenterologist and would like to get the testing done myself if possible. We have a local lab service that offers the following tests on a walk-in basis. CELIAC DISEASE PANEL TEST COMPONENTS: The Celiac Disease Panel contains the following tests to measure autoantibodies that identify Celiac Disease: Anti-TTG Antibodies, IGA - Tissue Transglutaminase IgA Total IGA Anti-DGP, IGA - Gliadin (Deamidated) Antibody IgA Does it sound like this is a good option for me? Are these tests sufficient? If I test positive, I will then go to a doctor to discuss the results, I was just hoping to cut out the middle step. I appreciate any feedback.