How Do You Test for Celiac Disease?


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A full medical history, a thorough physical exam and lab tests are needed to diagnose celiac disease. WebMD states that an endoscopy, along with a biopsy from the small intestine, is the only way to definitively confirm the diagnosis.

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The doctor will begin with taking a full medical history. He or she will be interested in knowing whether or not there have been any cases of celiac disease in the family or if there have been any prior symptoms that may have been related to celiac disease, says WebMD.

A physical examination will be the next step according to WebMD. It will look for other symptoms of the disease, such as rashes.

Celiac disease has antibodies and there are a few blood tests that can look for these antibodies, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

A biopsy of the small intestine is the only definitive way to know if a person has celiac disease, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. A gastroenterologist will perform the biopsy and will analyze it to confirm that there is damage consistent with celiac disease.

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