Although relatives of people with Celiac Disease are not usually screened for the condition, they can request a biopsy to determine if they have the condition. A biopsy is a minor surgical procedure during which the doctor looks at the small intestine and checks for signs of damage. One percent of first degree relatives have the condition. But a positive blood test doesn’t always mean that a person has the disease. Therefore, genetic testing is essential to help identify the condition.
While a diagnosis is not usually necessary, many doctors may still recommend further tests to rule out other conditions. People with Celiac disease are at an increased risk for developing other autoimmune disorders, such as thyroid disease or systemic lupus erythematosus. Other tests for celiac disease may be needed, as well as other gastrointestinal conditions. In addition to genetic testing, a biopsy may be necessary if the patient has another underlying condition.
The diagnosis of Celiac Disease can be confirmed through blood tests. However, a biopsy is usually required. A blood test looks for antibodies to the proteins found in the gut. Despite being a convenient test, a patient with a suspected Celiac disease may be missed. Ultimately, the best way to find out if you have the condition is through an endoscopic exam. So, how can a doctor tell if you have it?
There are two tests that can be used to diagnose celiac disease. The first is a blood test, which detects the presence of specific antibodies to the proteins in gluten. A second test, known as an endoscopic biopsy, is also useful. If the symptoms persist, it may be due to a nutrient deficiency, and a blood test may show that you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
A biopsy of the intestine will also reveal any nutritional deficiencies. It will take a sample of the lining of the intestines to identify if there is a problem with the sensitivity to gluten. It may also detect the condition in other parts of the body. Researchers are still investigating other factors, including the amount of infection a person had in early life and the changes in their microbiome. During the biopsy, a small sample of the intestine will be removed.
There are several symptoms associated with Celiac disease. The most common symptoms include a general feeling of malnutrition and digestive problems. More severe symptoms may include bone loss, anemia, dermatitis herpetiformis, a severe rash, and anemia. Other diseases are often linked to the condition, including autoimmune diseases and genetic disorders. You will most likely develop Celiac disease if you consume high levels of gluten.
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