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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?  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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Hi there. I was wondering if someone could tell me more about gene testing. Is this new and is it something through a regular doctor you can have done? Any info would be great. Thank you

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Hi, I think I can answer your question a bit. I'm not sure how new the gene testing is, but yes any doctor can order the test. They just have to know what to order. Your best bet is to get your doctor to order the test through Prometheus Labs. They are one of the most skilled and highly respected labs in regards to Celiac. If they won't order through Prometheus, or won't order them at all, you can order the gene test yourself through the mail at Enterolab . They cost about $150 each, but they give you a discount for additional family members if your are testing more than one family member.

The thing with the gene test is that it will only tell you if you carry the gene (or at least one of them since there are two) responsible for Celiac Disease. If you do infact carry the gene, that does not mean you have an active form of the disease, but you do have the likelyhood of developing the disease later in life or passing it to your children. It is most useful for screening family members of known Celiacs. For diagnosis, it is used as confirmation. At Prometheus Labs, you can order just the gene test or you can order the blood tests with it. They automatically perform the gene test after a negative blood test, at least that is what the form said when my kids tests were ordered through them last month.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions.

God bless,


Oh, and sorry it took so long for anyone to respond to your question. We are all getting used to this new board and some days there are so many postings a few seem to go unnoticed.

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