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5 tests for celiac /gluten /wheat

Wendy says: “My daughter has had 2 negative results for coeliac but still has a major problem with wheat!  Are there other tests for wheat intolerance?”

My reply:
When she says “2 negative results for celiac” I do not understand the problem …  because there are at least 5 different tests for celiac/gluten/wheat problems. And, none can completely rule out a gluten problem: the only way to see if gluten is truly affecting you is to go on a gluten-free diet for a year and see if you get better.  But get your blood tests first.

The 5 tests:

  1. Gluten blood tests: IgG-gliadin
  2. Tissue damage blood tests: tTG, EMA, DGP
  3. Gene test: HLA DQ2/DQ8
  4. Endoscopy: a small bowel biopsy whilst still eating gluten
  5. Skin tests, EAST/RAST: specific IgE tests for wheat allergy.

Each of these tests needs interpretation in the context of your current diet and symptoms.  
We will help you through your gluten/coeliac/wheat testing at the Childrens Clinic | Allergy Centre, Christchurch.

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