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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 Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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Just a quick few questions:

1. How long does it usually take to get the test results back from enterolab?

2. Are they more accurate than the tests taken by your GI?

3. Is it hard to do them yourself?

Thanks!

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Just a quick few questions:

1. How long does it usually take to get the test results back from enterolab?

2. Are they more accurate than the tests taken by your GI?

3. Is it hard to do them yourself?

Thanks!

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1. It can take up to 3 weeks. I got mine back in 2 weeks.

2. Dr. Fine (from Enterolab) claims they are more sensitive...meaning where a blood test may be negative the stool test might come back positive. The stool test can be positive after months on a gluten-free diet whereas a bloodtest would most likely be negative once on a gluten-free diet. The biopsy done by a GI is kind of a hit or miss if its positive you have Celiac...no doubt. If its negative...it doesnt mean you dont have Celiac or gluten sensitivity....it just means they didnt see any damage. Maybe there *is* no damage yet or maybe they missed it.

3. The test is easy to do. Its just a stool sample. If you ordered the gene test its easy to do...you just follow the directions.

Did you read the info on Enterolabs website? There is alot of good info on there.

Here is a link to FAQ

http://www.enterolab.com/Who_Should_Be_Screened/

Here is the link to Dr. Fines essay

http://www.enterolab.com/Essay/

The stool tests are not recognized by all doctors yet. The jury is still out as far as which tests are better. Someday these tests may be more recognized. There was a recent discussion about that on this board.

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=10311

Hope this helps. :)

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Thanks for replying! I actually got the Gluten Sensitivity Stool Panel Complete, without the gene test, just because of the expense. Which one did you get when you went through enterolab? I hope this test is as good as the one WITH the gene test. The gene test is specifically to see if you have the gene for celiac, and may have it, or one day have it, am I right? I just really want proof that I am not crazy, ya know? LOL

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Which one did you get when you went through enterolab? I hope this test is as good as the one WITH the gene test. The gene test is specifically to see if you have the gene for celiac, and may have it, or one day have it, am I right?

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I got IgA, tTG, malabsorption, and gene testing. It was the complete panel or whatever...it also came with the milk test (casein). Last month I ordered the egg and yeast tests..they were negative. My casein test was neg. as well. Everything having to do with the gluten testing was positive. I did not have either of the main Celiac genes...I had 2 gluten sensitivity genes. If you have the genes they can be triggered at any time or you can go your whole life without ever developing a problem. They don't know all of the genes linked with Celiac yet. My GI disregarded my gene test saying he cannot rule out celiac based on the genes cuz they don't know all the genes involved yet. It was a rough road for me and bascially at this point I'll probably never know exactly what I have unless I do a gluten challenge...which my doctor doesnt reccommend and I have no desire to do it anyways. All I know is my health improved dramatically after going gluten-free. Enterolab said to stay on strict gluten-free diet based on the results..so thats what I'm doing. :)

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Okay, good, thanks! May I also ask what your symptoms were? I am so intrigued by all of these things that I am learning, but I want to know more about people's symptoms. I feel like I have almost every single one listed!

Also, what is the gluten challenge?

And do you feel better now that you are gluten free?

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