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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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Mary5757    1

Anyone done genetic testing for celiac? My daughter has it and I'd like to have my son tested to see if he has the gene. My insurance doesn't cover it. How expensive is it? Is there an at home kit? Any experiences with it?

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taxlady23    0

Anyone done genetic testing for celiac? My daughter has it and I'd like to have my son tested to see if he has the gene. My insurance doesn't cover it. How expensive is it? Is there an at home kit? Any experiences with it?

My son had genetic testing done for celiacs. Our insurance did cover it, but it couldn't be done at a regular lab, we had to go to the hospital lab that does the prometheus test for celiac.

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cassP    175

i did genetic testing thru enterolab .. it was about 150$ im happy i spent the money!

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1974girl    23

If it would make a difference then do it. They did it on both my girls to try rule it out. It ruled it in. But.... Even though I know my younger dd has dq 2 I am still not gluten-free with her. 30% of the population has it, too. My celiac dd has both 2 and 8 so we are gluten-free with her despite no gi symptoms.

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ravenwoodglass    1,222

I found it interesting. My DD, who was both biopsy and blood work positive, had her's done and was told she didn't have the genes. Thus they said her diagnosis was a false diagnosis. I then had my genes tested. Turns out I don't have either one of the two most commonly tested for celiac associated genes either. I have a double dose of a gene that is recognized in other countries but not in the US. So if you want to have the testing done have it done but know that it can not fully rule out celiac if the gene tests are not positive for DQ2 or DQ8.

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ravenwoodglass

Can you tell us more about the double gene?

My GI took bloods for genetic testing Monday, so I want to be ready in case it is negative. I am not sure which tests are done in the UK, but he was very clear his view is no genes no celiac.

He was very helpful and listened. I am always up for educating a doctor if necessary :)

Thanks

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I had a genetic test from a lab in Sweetwater, Texas. I was very satisfied with the results and information they provided me with. I had both 2 DQ2 snf 2 DQ8. I was told that all of my children were therefore carriers of the genes. I also discovered that both of my parents have the genes. Most people could probably not discover all of that from the one test. I had 4/4 gene alleles for gluten intolerance. The cost was under 400 dollars and involved swabbing some cells from the cheeks with cotton swab, filling out paperwork and mailing it back to the lab. The genetic test plus my symptoms were used by my MD for diagnosis. ***

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We had the test and based on the result, it led our original doctor to believe that my son did NOT have it. After we switched doctors and they did an endoscopy, he was found to be very positive. People with the genes don't always get it. People without the genes do get it. I'm not really sure how a test like that can be helpful.

Cara

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