Coeliac Test

Coeliac Test

What is gluten?

Many people have adverse reactions to gluten which is part of the protein found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. In extreme cases this manifests itself as coeliac disease. However many sufferers, who would not necessarily be diagnosed as coeliac, find that their health improves dramatically with the removal of gluten from the diet.

It is important to remember that some people have coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity without significant symptoms. Coeliac disease is usually recognised early in childhood, but may disappear in adolescence and reappear later in adulthood.

At Smart Nutrition we pride ourselves in offering the best cost possible for the celiac test

 

 

The gluten antibody (Coeliac test) test:

  • Identifies at an early age any possible gluten-sensitive patients and enables action to prevent any further damage to the gut wall, as well as the development of allergies or intolerances
  • Prevents malnutrition and anaemia
  • Detects gluten sensitivity
  • Enables initial evaluations into coeliac disease
  • If other members of the family have coeliac or gluten sensitivity it is important to check all family members as there is a genetic link

Symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity:

  • Unexplained weight loss, inability to maintain a healthy weight
  • Diarrhoea, steatorrhoea (grey or light tan fatty stools)
  • Foul-smelling stools that float
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloating and excessive wind
  • Symptoms worse after eating wheat, oat, rye or barley
  • Low energy, depression
  • Aching joints
  • Anaemia
  • Infants and children may experience failure to thrive (FTT) or stunted growth
  • Dermatitis
  • Weight gain and oedema may occur if there is an IgG-type reaction

 

It is now known that coeliac disease involves an abnormal immune response in which the body produces specific gluten antibodies to fight the gluten which then react with an individual’s own digestive tract. Elevated levels of specific antibodies can diagnose this reaction.

The coeliac test measures:

Total IgA
Anti-deamidated gliadin IgA (DGP IgA)
Anti-tissue transglutaminase IgA (tTG IgA)
Anti-deamidated gliadin IgG (DGP IgG) 9.1
Anti-tissue transglutaminase IgG (tTG IgG)
Anti-endomysial IgA (EMA IgA

The coeliac test requires a blood sample from a blood draw. You will need to arrange a blood draw via your GP or private phlebotomy service. The fee for any blood draw is not included with your test fee.

Samples must be received at the laboratory within 24 hours of the blood draw. Do not book a blood draw on a Friday-Sunday.

Before the coeliac test ;

Eat a varied diet 2-3 weeks  before collecting your sample. Doing so will help to ensure the presence of antibodies to problematic foods. Antibodies to a particular food may be absent if the food was not consumed recently.

If you have been avoiding gluten for some time, one of the antibodies will come up with a false negative reading, so it is important that you eat some gluten-containing grains prior to completing the test.

Do not eat foods that you have a known allergic reaction to.

The following medications may influence the antibody test results: Glucocorticoids (e.g., oral prednisone and/or steroid metered-dose inhaler), chemotherapy, other immunosuppressive agents (e.g., Humira, Rituxan), NSAIDS (e.g., Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aspirin), anticonvulsants (e.g., Carbamaze.

Antibody testing may be inaccurate if you are a patient with liver disease, severe kidney disease, protein-losing enteropathy, HIV infection or other immuno-deficiency conditions. The test results will be inaccurately influenced if you have rheumatological pathologies associated with the production of heterophilic antibodies, for instance rheumatoid factor (RF).

Do not stop any medication without consulting your GP or therapist.

The Coeliac test is suitable for patients 1 year and above.

Blood sample for the coeliac test require a blood draw. You will need to arrange a blood draw via your GP or private phlebotomy service. The fee for any blood draw is not included with your test fee.

Samples must be received at the laboratory within 24 hours of the blood draw. Do not book a blood draw on a Friday-Sunday.

 

results for the celiac test will take 10 working days*

* Please note that in busy periods this may be extended by a couple of days

Your coeliac test results will be emailed to you.

Coeliac Test

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Please do not return samples to the laboratories that may arrive after Wednesday 27th March and up to and including Monday 2nd April.

The laboratories are closed from the 28th March – 2nd April for the Easter Holiday.