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?”
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:
- Gluten blood tests: IgG-gliadin
- Tissue damage blood tests: tTG, EMA, DGP
- Gene test: HLA DQ2/DQ8
- Endoscopy: a small bowel biopsy whilst still eating gluten
- 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.