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					When a patient has symptoms suggestive of celiac disease or CD, the
physician will request a celiac disease blood test, also called a celiac
blood panel. Since other diseases may have similar symptoms, it is
important to conduct the proper testing to diagnose or rule out celiac
sprue disease.Common Celiac Disease SymptomsThe most common symptoms
prompting the blood test include: Anemia, diarrhea, malnutrition,
abdominal pain, weight loss, joint pain, fatigue and weakness. A celiac
blood panel may also be ordered for patients who have a family history of
gluten intolerance or other autoimmune diseases.Diagnosing Celiac
DiseasePhysicians often follow three steps to diagnose CD - a complete
physical examination that includes bloods tests and, in some cases, a
duodenal biopsy taking samples from different areas of the small
intestine. A gluten-free diet is usually put into place. If the symptoms
are alleviated and the small intestine returns to normal, the
confirmation of CD is made.It is common for patients with CD to
experience lactose or gluten intolerance. A celiac disease blood test may
be combined with other tests such as allergy evaluation for gluten
allergy symptoms. AGA, Anti-tTG, and EMA tests may also be ordered to
screen compliance with a gluten-free diet. This analysis helps to
determine how effective the treatment is since the levels will fall once
gluten is eliminated from the diet. There are several other tests ordered
to help determine the extent of the disease and if any other organs are
involved.Celiac Sprue Disease Blood Tests- CBC (Completed blood count)
for anemia - CMP (Comprehensive metabolic panel) to verify protein,
calcium, and electrolyte levels as well as to the condition of the liver
and kidneys - ESR (Erythrocyte sedimentation rate) - CRP (C-Reactive
protein) to assess inflammation - Stool fat, to evaluate malabsorption
(Difficulty digesting or absorbing nutrients from food) - Vitamin B12, D,
and E levels to measure any vitamin deficiency.This disease has no
current cure, but it can be managed effectively with dietary restrictions
of gluten. It is important that you see your physician if you are
experiencing any of the symptoms noted above to begin a treatment
regimen.

				
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