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Providence, RI 02906
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Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity

The Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity test tests a patient´s 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
  • Crohn´s 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

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