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Coeliac Disease (Celiac Disease) Test

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About Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is a common medical condition affecting up to 1 in 100 people of all ages, and yet only 15% of these are diagnosed because of the non-specific and confusing nature of the symptoms.

Coeliac disease (also known as Celiac Disease) is a serious gastrointestinal autoimmune disorder that occurs in predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onwards. It is a common condition affecting up to 1% of the UK and Irish populations and causes a wide range of symptoms that can include:

  • diarrhoea
  • unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting
  • abdominal bloating or cramping, recurrent stomach pains
  • weight loss (although not always)
  • tiredness and/or headaches
  • skin ailments
  • signs of malnutrition and iron deficiency

The non specific nature of the symptoms has lead to the under diagnosis of coeliac disease being common place and a serious problem. It is estimated that only 15% of people with the condition are diagnosed and studies have shown that on average it takes 13 years for an individual to be diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK.

Coeliac disease is caused by a permanent intolerance to gluten, a group of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and many other cereals, which results in an immune response and specific antibodies (IgA and IgG) to tissue transglutaminase being produced.

CoeliacScreen is used to support the diagnosis of coeliac disease, which must then be confirmed by your doctor. The clinical advice is normally to adopt a gluten-free diet to avoid the symptoms of the disease. A gluten-free diet will decrease disease symptoms and also the levels of the coeliac disease-associated IgA and IgG antibodies. These will often become undetectable a few weeks after adoption of the diet, and certainly within 6 weeks, so if you are on a gluten-free diet, it is likely that your test result will be negative. Please note that a gluten free diet should only be adopted on the advice of your doctor