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  1. Yes, it looks like a strong positive. The standards that the lab used to quantify the result only go so high. Theoretically a lab could dilute the sample and rerun to get it within range, then multiply the result by the dilution factor, but since it is definitely positive there’s really no reason f...
  2. The TTG numbers are expressed in arbitrary units which are not the same for all manufacturers of the tests. Therefore they can’t always be compared between labs. The TTG numbers are also not intended to indicate the degree of intestinal damage. The tests are evaluated by the FDA just looking f...
  3. Some people with celiac disease can’t eat any oats - they get the same reaction as to wheat, rye and barley. For those that can eat oats, there is the issue of contamination by other grains in the field, transport and storage. Quaker uses a sorting process that is supposed to remove other g...
  4. One way to look at it, would the results of the endoscopy change your treatment? Unlikely. If there was no damage seen - great! If there was damage seen, it is only 5 months and your antibodies are not yet normal, so there could quite reasonably still be some damage. You already are on a gluten...
  5. Part II, April 1: ”Ironically, Pritchett was feeling well enough to ask his wife to go through the drive-through at McDonald’s and get him a couple of breakfast sandwiches and a Coke, then head to the hospital.”
  6. EMA stands for endomysial antibodies. To run the EMA test, microscope slides have a thin slice of tissue put on them that includes a type of tissue called endomysium. Dilutions of the blood sample are added. If the person has celiac disease, their antibodies bind to the endomysium. Several other...
  7. The EMA and TTG IgA test look at the same IgA antibody, but the test is run quite differently. Both take blood samples, but the EMA test is read by having someone look under a microscope. I’ll see if I can find an explanation - I know the difference but being able to explain it is different than k...
  8. The EMA usually looks for the Transglutaminase IgA antibody, which in your daughter’s case isn’t applicable due to her IgA deficit. With the antibody levels going down and symptoms resolving on the diet, I think you can be pretty sure she has celiac disease without need for a gluten challenge and...
  9. I am so sorry to hear about your wife. I am glad you thought to have your daughter tested. Here is some official European guidance on diagnosing children. http://www.espghan.org/fileadmin/user_upload/guidelines_pdf/Guidelines_2404/European_Society_for_Pediatric_Gastroenterology_.28.pdf ...
  10. Celiac disease, by damaging the intestines, can certainly keep you from absorbing nutrients and calories. It can take time to heal and absorb properly. Did you have a biopsy that showed the amount of intestinal damage, or just a blood test? Aside from gluten, do you have annoying symptoms...
  11. Why is someone with celiac having breakfast sandwiches at McDonalds (Part II April 1).
  12. After several years gluten and oat free and antibodies in the normal ranges I asked my gastroenterologist if I could eat oats. She had me eat them for 6 months and then retested my antibody levels. No effect! I can eat oats! I use Gluten Free Harvest oats.
  13. Were you eating much gluten prior to the test? If you weren’t that could make the values go down.