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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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Hello, Im new here. Ive actually been told I had IBS since I was about 16 and have been following the diet for it and even taking the medications for it. I recently had a blood test and my results came back with an extremely high gliadin AB IGG number. My IGA was only 2 above the positive number so it was a weak positive and my tissure tranglutaminase IG came back negative. I cant go to the doctor until next week to discuss it and its driving me crazy! Does anyone know what this means or what it could mean. Ive tried to read up on it and figure it out myself and what Im guessing is that my IGG number is so high because my diet has a LOT of breads in it. (Bread is what your basically supposed to base your diet on with IBS) If anyone has any answers please help me out! I would REALLY appreciate it!

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Well, Im not an expert at this, but this is what I understand those numbers to mean:

The IGA and IGG go hand in hand in determining if there is a possibilty for gluten intolerance. THe IGG can be elevated for a number of reasons, therefore is not specific enough to make a determination alone. In some Celiacs there is an IGA deficiancy and so if it shows up negative, your Dr may choose to do a total IGA work up, which may have already been done. That # if normal would indicate that you are not celiac.

The TTG is extremely specific for Clieac. If you are positive than there is a good chance you have a gluten sensivity.

The combination of these 4 tests allow for a fairly reasonable idea of celiac or not.

Since your TTG is negative, and your IGA is not significantly high, My guess is your Dr will probably say you are not celiac. But again!!!! I am not an expert. Im just going by what my Dr's have explained to me.

Hope this helps.

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Just an add on that..... even if according to blood work your Dr determines you are not celiac, does not mean that 100% you do not have it! There can be false negatives, but the blood work does provide a good start.

Hope you feel better soon

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