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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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  1. I was in the hospital once for six days and had nothing except the glucose in the iv solution- and I survived. Since it is only for two weeks I wouldn't worry about a balanced diet, or getting every nutrient every day. Some celiacs react to oats, but lots of steamed rice would be good for getting calories. If you took nuts that would add both fat and protein in a relatively small space per calorie. Then just add a gluten free multivitamin/mineral. Sounds like a great trip - hope you have a good and healthy time.
  2. It seems strange to be tested for celiac or gluten sensitivity if you have no symptoms, unless you have a close relative with celiac. It will be interesting to see what sort of test was actually performed.
  3. How frustrating that they did not do blood tests for celiac! Serpl mcnc is mass concentration in serum or plasma. So as cycling lady said, just checking your immune system.
  4. Those labs do not look like celiac tests. The first three MIGHT just be measuring total antibody levels of the three different classes, but on the very right it has IgA Serp (Serp cut off?) and I don't know what the Serp is referring to. The first column is the test name, the second column your value, the third column the units of measure, the fourth column the normal range. The first one is a tiny bit low, all the rest in the normal range.
  5. Be sure to get a copy of your biopsy pathology report, too. In case the GI doesn't tell you about minor changes.
  6. I have biopsy plus blood test diagnosed celiac. I have no relatives with celiac. I don't have "typical" symptoms. I am strictly gluten free so my body doesn't attack itself with autoantibodies (antibody against tissue transglutaminase). I am glad you are having her labs repeated. They do not all have to be positive to indicate celiac disease - it only takes one.
  7. Just a warning since a different doctor ordered your new tests. The ranges can be different in different labs. If a different lab is used you may not be able to compare the numbers from the first test to the new one. I hooe you get some answers!
  8. Original source - but you have to be a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (or perhaps pay) to see it. I'm a member and will be reading the whole thing - a challenge because it is not my scientific field! http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6333/44
  9. The original article written by the researchers is in a journal called Science, a highly respected scientific publication. It is quite technical and I am slowly working my way through it.
  10. If your antibodies go down on a gluten free diet that would be evidence that gluten is an issue for you.
  11. Antibody reactions to a given amount of antigen (gluten) vary greatly from person to person. Even if you're trying to create antibodies in very, very inbred animals that are almost identical genetically, the amount of antibodies they will create varies a lot. If you're lucky you won't be in the super sensitive geoup.
  12. Yes you were but that's ok, sometimes the layout of lab reports can make them quite confusing, Your EMA IgA is negative and your total IgA is in the normal range (meaning your celiac specific IgA tests are valid). It is quite possible to have celiac with only one of the blood tests being abnormal. Be sure to let us know the results of your endoscopy when you have it!
  13. I see you were writing your response as I was writing mine. That is an unusual way to report. I hope you get clearcut results with your endoscopy.
  14. 87 to 352 is not in the typical format for an EMA (endomysial antigen) normal range. It looks more like the normal range for total IgA.