San Diego Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Consultants, Inc
Bernard A. Feigenbaum, M.D. FACP, FAAAAI
There are several blood tests which are used to screen for Celiac Disease. Confirmation often involves a GI endoscopy procedure.
HOW COMMON IS CELIAC DISEASE?
It used to be thought that around 1 in 8,000 people had Celiac Disease. However, more recent research has shown that Celiac Disease may be present in patients with only mild symptoms. Now, with more awareness and more advanced testing, it's thought that around 1 in 150 Americans have Celiac Disease.
IS CELIAC DISEASE HEREDITARY?
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CELIAC DISEASE?
The "classic" symptoms include bloating, abnormal stools, malabsorption and other gastro-intestinal symptoms, with improvement after avoiding gluten. But, Celiac Disease has also been associated with neuro-psychiatric conditions, iron deficiency anemia, osteoporosis and other medical conditions. Symptoms may be mild and the diagnosis of Celiac Disease is easy to miss.
CAN I BE GLUTEN SENSITIVE/INTOLERANT EVEN IF THE CELIAC TEST IS NEGATIVE?
Yes. There are patients with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity who have negative tests for Celiac Disease, but feel healthier when they avoid gluten.