A Coeliac Check is a simple blood test. Which checks for an inappropriate immune response to gluten.
Important: For the test to register a response you need to have consumed some gluten.
Patients should consume 3–6 g or more of gluten each day for, ideally, six or more weeks. This daily amount of gluten can be found in two to four slices of wheat bread, two to four Weet-Bix or 0.5–1 cup of cooked pasta.The tolerability of a gluten challenge may be improved by commencing with a small amount of gluten and slowly increasing over subsequent days, and consuming it in divided doses over the course of the day (eg breakfast and lunch). Fermented breads with lower FODMAP content (that still contain gluten) are commercially available and may also improve challenge tolerability.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease resulting in an immune response to gluten. Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley, rye and some in oats. The immune reponse leads to inflammation of the small intestine. This response damages the lining that line the intestinal wall called villi. The villi allow nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fluids to be absorbed. When exposed to gluten, their body produces autoantibodies that damage the intestinal villi. When villi are damaged, the body is much less capable of absorbing nutrients. Malnutrition causes weight loss in adults and growth delay, and failure to gain weight in children. Inaddition, malabsorption causes diarrhoea and foul-smelling bowel motions that float and have a greasy appearance because of the unabsorbed fats and oils in them. Coeliac disease can manifested in just about any symptom.
A Coeliac Check should be completed when you have symptoms. For instance, chronic diarrhoea, abdominal pain, anaemia and weight loss, unexplained liver abnormalities or osteoporosis.
This panel of tests determines if there is an immune response to gluten in the body. The golden standard for diagnosing Coeliac disease is a biopsy of the small intestines. This procedure is very invasive and complex. The tests in this panel help to reduce the number of invasive biopsies.
This panel is also helpful when patients with known Coeliac disease wish to check if elimination of gluten from the diet worked. Gluten is very difficult to eliminate as it maybe hidden in foods e.g. salad dressings.
In conclusion, testing is easy, just place your order, print your referral form and attend one of our 800 Collection Centres. Your results will be available on your personal dashboard.