What is Coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease is a lifelong genetically inherited gastrointestinal disorder that can cause a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms ranging from mild weakness, bone pain, constipation, chronic diarrhoea, abdominal bloating, and progressive weight loss. Also skin disorders and disorders of the central nervous system can exist and damage to the inner surface of the small intestine is caused by a permanent intolerance to gluten.
Gluten is the most common name for specific proteins found in all forms of wheat, rye and barley that are harmful to persons with coeliac disease.
Why should I test for Coeliac disease?
This Coeliac screening test is a home test intended to aid the detection of IgA antibodies to transglutaminase associated with Coeliac disease but the final diagnosis must be confirmed by a doctor. Adopting a gluten free diet, will result in a slow reduction in antibodies (IgA antibodies to transglutaminase) associated with Coeliac disease, therefore if a gluten free diet has been followed for a long period of time prior to carrying out this test the antibodies may be undetectable and may produce a negative test result Studies show that continuous consumption of gluten by diagnosed coeliacs can result in the increased chances of stomach or colon cancer. Coeliac Disease can be diagnosed by relatively simple diagnostic tests. The testing can be done by screening the patient’s blood for antitissue transglutaminase (tTGA), antigliadin (AGA) and endomysium antibodies (EmA) and a small biopsy procedure on the injured areas of the intestines. The test requires a simple finger prick blood sample (10ul) and a visual result is available within 10 minutes indicating the presence/absence of IgA autoantibodies against Transglutamisase enzyme associated with Coeliac disease.
Quick and simple test to find out if you are gluten intolerant
Coeliac disease can cause a wide range of health problems
Results within 10 minutes
Gluten is found in all types of wheat, rye and barley
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