What type of blood tests should my doctor be using when trying to diagnosis Celiac Disease?
The “Celiac Panel” is a particular series of blood tests that measure your immune system’s response to gluten; largely, from the food you consume. Certain factors will be evaluated, including the presence of tTG antibodies. The “Celiac Panel” includes the following: • tTG-IgA or Tissue Transglutaminase-IgA • AGA-IgG or Antigliadin IgG • AGA-IgA or Antigliadin IGA • Total IgA The presence of tTG antibodies correlates with one having CD. AGA levels that are elevated may also indicate an allergy to wheat. These tests are extremely accurate , especially when tTG and anti-endomysial antibodies are elevated. Keep in mind that an isolated presence of anti-gladin antiobodies does not necessarily indicate CD. The exception is in children under age 2, as tTG and EMA may not be present. Are silent and latent celiac disease the same condition? Yes, they are both celiac disease, but describe different manifestations of the disorder. The terms “silent” and “latent” pertain to those individuals who h
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