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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'm sure this has been asked before, but apparently my searching skills aren't very good.

We have to have my daughter tested, because she may have silent celiac's (nearly silent), and I was thinking of also being officially tested. I can't do a challenge because I would get so sick, but it would also be nice to have an official diagnosis after so many years of being accused of hypochondria. Even my husband, who has taken me to the hospital so many times and has seen all my problems go away is only 90 percent convinced it wasn't all mental

I've been gluten free for several months. Would an antibodies test turn up negative for me? Would I have to challenge for an accurate result?

I suppose if my daughter turns up positive after I noticed she has similar problems to what I had when I was very young (digestive problems not started yet), it would be pretty obvious, right?

Just wondering if it would be worth it, or would show a false negative after all this time gluten free....

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You would be a false negative if you have been off gluten. You could do a gluten challenge eating at least 3 to 4 slices of bread for 3 months and then be tested but you could still have a false negative. Be aware that the false negative rate for children is even higher than for adults so do a strict trial for your child after all testing is done if you suspect celiac.

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If you don't have to pay for the testing and you have only been gluten free for a few months - then you should probably get tested.

I have been strictly gluten free for 18 months and I'm still testing positive. My GI was not worried for the first year as he says it's not uncommon for it to take a while for some people's antibodies to return to normal. He's not so happy with me now and is sending me off for another biopsy.

So I do think it is worth getting yourself tested just in case. A negative result won't tell you anything but there is still a chance you could test positive.

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Hmmmm.... these are interesting replies. I have a "yay" and a "nay".

It's very frustrating to be somewhere where the medical care is so lacking, that is for sure. Biopsy is out here, because it isn't uncommon for people to just die from such ordinary procedures here.

My daughter needs to be tested, so I may go ahead & do it anyway, just to see. If she is positive, that will be a pretty big indicator for me.

Edited because: I replied wrong thing to wrong thread, sorry.

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