would I have been checked for celiacs when I had my coloniscopy ?

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   Posted 11/12/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I ask because my hair has been faling out terribly and I went t seattle to a dermotologist and she tested my ferritin level which shows how much iron your body has stored. Its not the same as the standard iron test normally done in your blood work. Anyway it was 17 and needs to be 75 for hair growth and to stop hair loss.  I was given asn articel by someone who said celiacs can cause this iron loss so I am wondering if I would already have been tested for that or if that would have been diagnosed in the colonoscopy.
Anyof you with hair loss please have them check your ferritin levels !! There is hope to get the hair back if we can get the levels up.
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   Posted 11/12/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I only know that in my son's case they did biopsy for celiac disease during the colonoscopy. His was negative. That said, based on what I've read, a negative biopsy may not be definitive. I think it was this article or another on the same web site that said even the biopsy is not without its accuracy issues.

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   Posted 11/12/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Where I live they automatically test for celiacs (via blood I think) and I've been tested 4 times by 4 different GI's (because I've switched that many times) and it's always come back as negative for celiacs.

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   Posted 11/12/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
If you just had a colonoscopy, no. Celiac disease affects the small intestine, and a colonoscopy only looks at the large intestine. If you had both an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, then they almost certainly would have looked for celiac disease.

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   Posted 11/12/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I did have a lot of hair loss at the beginning of my disease when I was very sick. It has grown back in and is thick now it was coming out at a good pace before and grew in curly I call it frizzy as my hair was always strait of course most of it is still strait.. I don't know if I was tested or not as I have never asked the GI. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 11/12/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Mesalamine [Pentasa, Asacol] can cause hair loss. Unfortunately some physicians are not as compassionate in recognizing that excessive hair loss can be quite traumatic to the sufferer. Hair loss from mesalamine can sometimes be controlled or minimized by dosage change. If you suspect that your doctor is going to say that hair loss is NOT due to the mesalamine and you suspect it is, the following study can be printed out to take to your appointment.

Diffuse alopecia as side effect of mesalazine therapy in Crohn's disease


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