Although some who have celiac disease may not show any symptoms even though their immune system is affected, others may show some of the more common reactions. If someone is suffering from one or more of the items listed below they may need to be screened for celiac disease. Sunday September 13th is National Celiac Awareness Day.
|Classic symptoms of Celiac Disease:
Other symptoms include:
Typical Blood Screening for Celiac Disease Includes:
plus a genetic screening for:
HLA DQ-2 and HLA DQ-8
If a screening comes up positive it in itself is not a diagnoses of celiac disease, you would then need to go on to have an endoscopic procedure. Typically 4-6 biopsy samples are taken from the duodenal bulb so you have a better chance of being accurately diagnosed with celiac disease. If less samples are taken there is a chance that the flattened villi used to identify celiac disease could be missed.
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