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Gluten Intolerance

What is coeliac disease?

Gluten intolerance, which can cause coeliac disease is a common and treatable condition in which gluten found in wheat, barley and rye triggers an immune reaction and chronic inflammation of the small intestine. The inflammation affects the absorption of a number of essential nutrients including Calcium, Vitamins D and B12, Folate and Ferritin.

Coeliac disease classically presents with gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain or distension. However, as it can present in more subtle ways it often remains undiagnosed and untreated.

Your check for gluten intolerance

Your gluten intolerance test examines the level of transglutaminase antibody (tTG) in your blood.

How to prepare

When having a blood test for gluten intolerance, it is important that you take into account the following:

  • Those with a positive blood test result will need to undergo an internal intestinal biopsy in order to confirm diagnosis.
  • If the blood test is negative, but you have on-going symptoms, your GP may consider sending you for a biopsy anyway.
  • You must continue to eat a gluten containing diet for at least 6 weeks before the blood test otherwise the test result may be falsely reassuring.

Along with the above guidelines (most importantly continuing to include gluten in your diet for 6 weeks prior to your test) you are advised to wear loose fitting clothing as we will need to take a blood sample.

How much does it cost?

Your check for gluten intolerance costs just £29 – call us on 0800 652 2173 to book today.

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