Complete Coeliac Blood Test
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Autoimmunity (1 Biomarker)
Immunity (1 Biomarker)
Special instructionsEat gluten-containing foods in at least two meals every day for six weeks Before this test.
Ask the doctor FAQs
Q. Why don’t we just use a test which checks only tissue transglutaminase and endomysial antibodies?
A. IgA deficiency is more common in people with coeliac disease (2-2.5%). This group could easily be missed if the profile did not also include a test for IgA antibodies. A false negative result can lead to a continuation of symptoms as people who are missed but actually have coeliac disease don’t take the necessary steps to eliminate gluten from their diets.
Q. Why do I have to eat gluten for 6 weeks before the test?
The test is looking for a response to gluten which unfortunately won’t show up if you don’t eat gluten for more than 1 meal a day for at least 6 weeks. We realise that this can cause a lot of discomfort, but the benefit of this test pathway over testing a single marker at a time is that you will have all the blood tests you need for your doctor to make a diagnosis. You should not have to repeat the process again.
Q. Will this test provide a complete diagnosis for coeliac disease?
A. Some GPs may want to refer you to a gastroenterologist for you to have an endoscopy and biopsy (where a small tissue sample is collected from the stomach wall) in order to definitively confirm coeliac disease. However, many health authorities are becoming increasingly comfortable that they can rely in this testing pathway alone, without the need for an invasive procedure.
Q. Is there any treatment for coeliac disease?
A. The only treatment for coeliac disease is the complete elimination of gluten from the diet. There is no cure for coeliac disease, but the condition and its symptoms can be managed through an exclusion diet.
Q Why do I need a diagnosis for coeliac disease if I can manage my symptoms myself?
A . Coeliac disease a life-long medical condition which needs careful monitoring for associated conditions and complications. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease which raises the risk of another autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes or thyroid disease. It can also lead to problems absorbing vitamins and minerals which raise the risk of osteoporosis and nutritional deficiencies. Most people with diagnosed coeliac disease live long, healthy lives, but regular monitoring by your GP or gastroenterologist can make sure that issues are picked up and rectified early.
Why take this test?
- You have symptoms of pain, bloating, wind and nausea and you want to confirm or rule out coeliac disease
- You've had blood tests for vitamins and minerals which indicate a problem absorbing nutrients
- You or a family member have an autoimmune condition which raises your risk of coeliac disease
- You've had ambiguous test results in the past and are now looking for a reliable answer
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