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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

Celiac Vs Celiac Sprue?
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My GI wants me to schedule a biopsy where they use a scope to view my my small intestines and collect the biopsy with the scope. The nurse said something about gliadin levels but when I talked to my doc he mentioned antibody levels, and the nurse said he wants to "rule out" Celiac Sprue. I know they want to look for flattened villi in any case, so is there much difference between Celiac and Celiac Sprue in this instance, and would the diagnosis or treatment be very different for these? I have already started a gluten-free diet without my doctor telling me to just to see if I noticed improvement, which I think I have.

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It's much better NOT to start a gluten-free diet before the biopsy is completed. It's important for accurate diagnosis that you be ingesting gluten.

Celiac and celiac sprue are the same thing. Non-tropical celiac sprue is more serious, but also treated with a gluten-free diet. Most people say celiac or celiac disease, but celiac sprue is also the same thing.

Good luck. Kim.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that Celiac Disease and Celiac Sprue referred to the same thing, but just different names....like celiac disease can be referred to as Gluten Intolerance.

Kim is right...if you're getting a biopsy, continue to eat gluten. Otherwise, your test results may be messed up (if you're borderline Celiac, it could change the test and make it look as if you don't have it...or make it more indefinite).....keep eating gluten unless you decide not to run any more tests, and just assume that it's celiac disease......

-celiac3270

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