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.
Update 6-19-18 Hi Everyone, it's Dr Feigenbaum. WE ARE LIMITING our new patients for the summer. Other than patients with chronic dermatitis who need patch testing and patients with asthma, we're limiting our new patients for now and You could try my great colleagues at Scripps Clinic Allergy Carmel Valley. My wonderful assistants have all just moved on to med school and I'm on my own right now in the office. I apologize if you've been waiting for a call back or email reply. I should be able to catch up today,
I also just had an very exciting research finding which may allow the diagnosis and easy treatment for a condition not currently considered treatable. As you can understand, I've been spending a lot of time on that. I'm going to focus on that and vacation over the summer. I'll continue to be available for current patients.
Have a great summer. Thanks! Please communicate over patient portal or email. My cell phone is 858 215 2201 if you need me urgently.
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