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OKIEMARK
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   Posted 10/13/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
How accurate is the antibody test for celiacs. I have alot of the symptoms but the test came back negative. Thanks, Mark

elcamino
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   Posted 10/14/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   

I could be wrong, but I don't believe the antibody test is all that accurate--the biopsies are the diagnostic gold standard.  I know for me, I'm IgA deficient to begin with so the antibody tests mean nothing.  For others, false negatives are pretty common.

 

 


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   Posted 10/14/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
False negatives are common in both the blood work and the biopsies. Damage can be patchy in the intestine and since they typically only take a few samples they can easily miss it.

JoAnn
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nasalady
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   Posted 10/14/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
OKIEMARK said...
How accurate is the antibody test for celiacs. I have alot of the symptoms but the test came back negative. Thanks, Mark


Mark,

Have you tried the gluten free diet yet? IMHO, that's the very best test of all....if you feel better gluten free and worse if you go back and eat gluten again, then you know that you need to avoid gluten.

Good luck!
JoAnn
Autoimmune hepatitis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, GERD. Possible lupus and/or polymyositis - diagnoses pending.

Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Mirapex, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP


autoimmunediseasesgfliving.blogspot.com

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