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Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity - Serum - Price: $445.00
With Insurance Admin Fee only $105.00 plus $95 Report Consultation Fee
The Celiac profile by genova Diagnostics aids in determining the presence of Celiac disease. Celiac Disesase is defined as a genetic, immune mediated enteropathy of the small bowel that results in malabsorption. The disease is characterized by sensitivity to the proteins found in wheat, and to a lesser extent, barley and rye. The National Institutes of Health reported in August of 2004 that the prevalence of Celiac Disease is much greater than previous estimates, possibly affecting as many as 3 million Americans, indicating that the disease is widely under recognized.

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Who should be tested for Celiac Disease?
The clinical presentation of celiac disease has many faces and, as a consequence, the disease is often misdiagnosed. In fact, the average time from disease to diagnosis is 11 years. Those afflicted may have classic gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms or may only exhibit extra-intestinal manifestations.

The Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity test tests a patients blood for total IgA as well as IgA specific antibodies for possible celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitivity enteropathy, is a chronic autoimmune disease which has a genetic component and may affect several family members. Celiac is a lifelong condition with no cure however, it is manageable once diagnosed.

What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust, and many other foods containing wheat, barley, or rye.  When a person with celiac disease eats food containing gluten, an immune reaction occurs in the small intestine, resulting in damage to the surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients from food.

Conditions, diseases, and symptoms related to Celiac Disease:

  • Abdominal cramps, gas, and bloating
  • Anemia
  • Crohns disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Foul-smelling or grayish stools that may be fatty or oily
  • Gastric ulcers
  • General weakness
  • Intermittent diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parasitic infections
  • Skin disorders
  • Stunted growth (in children)
  • Weight loss
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Microscopic colitis

Test Type: Blood Test

Even in absence of overt GI complaints, avoidance of gluten is imperative owing to the risk of lymphoma and other malignancies associated with celiac disease. Clinicians should therefore consider routine screening for patients with the following clinical indications:

Typical Celiac Indications:

Chronic diarrhea
Malabsorption
Abdominal distention
Unexplained weight loss
Atypical Celiac Indications
Type 1 diabetes
Anemia
Osteoporosis
Chronic fatigue
Autoimmune disorders
Gastrointestinal disorders
Dermatitis herpeteformis
Behavioral Changes
Irritable bowel syndrome
Infertility/Miscarriage
Neurological symptoms

Other high risk groups include: first degree relatives, siblings and those with Immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency.

Diagnosing Celiac Disease
Patients with celiac disease are 10-15 times more likely to have IgA deficiency. Testing for total IgA increases the diagnostic accuracy by ruling out false negative results in this cohort. IgA-tTG (Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase) and IgG-tTG enzymes are highly sensitive markers for identifying celiac disease. When IgA-tTG is positive, testing for IgA-Anti-endomysial Antibodies (IgA-EMA) is routinely performed. This further enhances the accuracy of the profile, and helps identify those with silent and latent forms of the disease.

Clinicians also have the option of testing two additional analytes;
- IgA Anti-gliadin Antibodies (IgA-AGA)
- IgG Anti-gliadin antibodies (IgG-AGA)
These antibodies can be performed as part of the initial diagnostic evaluation, or on their own to monitor compliance to a gluten free diet.

Treating Celiac Disease
Treatment requires life-long abstinence of gluten containing foods. With the need for such a restrictive diet, it is important to accurately determine who has the condition. The Celiac Profile from Genova Diagnostics incorporates the most advanced non-invasive markers along with traditional serological tests.

Call to set up a nutritional consultation so that tests can be performed and a comprehensive strategy of lifestyle, dietary modification and nutrient supplementation can be implemented to aid you in reversing this disorder.

For an appointment, contact our office at: 800-956-7083 or 818 707-3126.

Dr. Rispoli, Ph.D., L. Ac. has had a clinical practice for over 20 years. Her programs work because she is so thorough in testing and providing a nutritional approach. Remember that the body can heal itself if given the proper nutrients.