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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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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I have a question? I had the blood work for celiac done, and it came back positive. My doctor said there was no reason to then have a biopsy done as the bloodwork was positive. Ive been reading a lot on this board that most it seems after a positive bloodwork have the biopsy. So question is , is the biopsy needed?????

he also said he doesnt even have to waste anyones money to test my one daughter. that because I have it and my mom has it, and with her symptoms, he is 98 % sure my daughter has it without any testing.

So do you think he is right? Or do we need the biopsy?

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If your mother has it and you have symptoms (do you, you didn't say) and your bloodwork is positive, the odds are higher than 99 percent that you have it. Do you need the biopsy to convince yourself and to stay on the diet? If so, tell your doctor that. If not, you don't need the biopsy. But whatever you do don't decide to skip the biopsy now only to come back later and do a challenge to get one.

As for your daughter, the same question applies. Do either you or she need to see some test results to be convinced?

richard

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I'm with Richard on your probability of having celiac. Now, apparently you need to be biopsy-proven to participate in some celiac studies... and I'm not sure if the tax-relef would apply to that as well. Perhaps someone could shed a light on that.

Gretchen

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I think for the tax relief you just need a diagonosis from a doctor, which she has.

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I had a history of anemia, GERD, low thyroid function, early onset osteoporosis, bloating, gas, constant fatigue, etc. After experiencing unexplained weight loss, my internist referred me to a gastroenterologist, who after looking at my history, ordered the blood tests for celiac disease. The tests were positive, and with my other medical history, my doctor said that a biopsy was not necessary to diagnose me with celiac disease. My doctor also said that the "best test" is improvement from symptoms with the gluten free diet. If your symptoms are diminishing and you are feeling better, why would you need to have any more tests?

My sister, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and IBS about ten years ago, had the blood tests for celiac disease after my tests were positive. She also tested positive. She is encouraging her two daughters and their children to be tested.

My daughter, who had dh-like symptoms from age 12 until 19, also had the blood tests recently and was IgG positive only. She is now having her daughters checked.

I can't talk my son into having the tests, but he is soon to be a new father, and I think he will probably come to terms with the possibility of having celiac disease, especially since so many of our family are showing positive test results.

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