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Test for Coeliac Disease or Gluten Intolerance

Information on the most accurate test for Coeliac disease and Gluten Intolerance, also known as Gluten Sensitivity.

Ireland has the highest incidence of Coeliac Disease in the world and experts believe that many cases of Coeliac Disease, and even more case of Gluten intolerance/Gluten Sensitivity, go undiagnosed. If you suffer of any of the symptoms of Coeliac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity listed below, consider the following tests:

Test for Coeliac Disease or Gluten Intolerance:

A blood test that looks for antibodies IgA anti-deamidated gliadin, anti-gliadin, anti-tissue transglutaminase, endomysial and total IgA, and antibodies IgG anti-gliadin. Including Anti-deaminated gliadin in this test makes it more accurate than the standard tests. 

By measuring both IgG & IgA antigliadin antibodies, this test may also identify Gluten Sensitivity or Gluten Intolerance in IgA deficient patients and may also identify those who are gluten sensitive but do not have true Coeliac Disease (only diagnosed by a biopsy of the small intestine). For the test to be reliable and as accurate as possible you must be regularly eating wheat, rye and/or barley regularly, otherwise the likelihood of a false negative result increases the longer you have avoided these foods.

For information on Gluten-Associated Peptide Tests click here

Symptoms Of Coeliac Disease Or Gluten Sensitivity/Gluten Intolerance Include:

Diarrhoea, constipation, weight loss, chronic tiredness, anaemia, failure to thrive in children, chronic mouth ulcers, stomach cramps, bloating, indigestion, bone pain, moodiness or depression, infertility, recurrent miscarriages, smelly flatulence, nausea, vomiting and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms vary from person to person and may be constant or only occur from time to time. Some people will experience an itchy rash which can be caused by an associated condition called Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

What Is The Difference Between Coeliac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity/Gluten Intolerance?

The two illnesses are often confused as the symptoms may appear to be the same in many instances. Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune disease and Gluten Sensitivity is a severe intolerance in gluten. While the gastrointestinal symptoms in Gluten Sensitivity may resemble those associated with Coeliac Disease, it is the presence of auto-antibodies to the lining of the small intestine that distinguishes the two. It is only in recent years that Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity has been recognised as a health condition.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common abdominal complaint that people suffer from and the frequency of IBS with accompanying gluten sensitivity is over 30%.

The Link Between Coeliac Disease and Intestinal Permeability

Gluten causes inflammation in the gut, which eventually leads to increased intestinal permeability, or “Leaky Gut.” To find out more about the test for increased intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut” click here.