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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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My 2 yr old started having symptoms at 14 months, and after 3 months of symptoms the peditrician suggested we go gluten-free. Instant change, so that was reason enough to suspect Celiac.

I had been told that the testing would require scope and I was not ready to do at that time. Didn't get info on blood testing. Now that I have more info and she is older, I want to pursue testing.

But we have been gluten-free for about 9 months, though there is the possibility that she was getting some cross-contamination from cast-iron pans and a few wooden implements (still figuring all of this out!), she has had some symptoms lately that make me think that she could have gotten some gluten.

So I don't know if a blood test would show any antibodies at this point.

And I keep reading about how only 5 labs are accurate for blood tests, which labs?

And how do I make sure that the right tests are done, what should they be testing for?

If I have to put my DD back on gluten, for how long, and how much gluten?

This is hard because I don't want to make her sick if I can help it, but for preschool and with the constant battle with my family over food when DD goes to their houses, it would help to have a concrete diagnosis.

Thanks!

S. Johnson

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A number of months and a fair amount of gluten. I've heard numbers on the length of time from one month to six months, and the amount of gluten from one slice of bread a day to a normal diet's worth. I'm sure others will add more, I just wanted to let you know it's not "a slice of bread the day before the test".

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My 2 1/2 year old was just diagnosed in June. He had his blood tested first, and it was sent to the Mayo Clinic. The results were back within a week. He then had the endoscopy, which frankly was a breeze and WAY easier than the blood draw! They knock them out at that age, so he had no idea anything even happened. In fact, on the way home he wanted McDonald's. Sigh. I know they have to be consuming gluten prior to the blood test to have it be accurate, but I have no idea for how long. You could go to www.mayoclinic.com and email them? Your daughter should also be consuming gluten prior to the endoscopy, otherwise the intestine could have healed and no damage will be seen.

Bridget

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