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How is coeliac disease diagnosed?

To diagnose coeliac disease, your doctor will perform blood tests to detect certain antibodies that are more common in people with coeliac disease. The diagnosis must be confirmed by taking a biopsy of your intestines. The biopsy is typically taken in a procedure called an upper endoscopy. You will be sedated and will feel no discomfort. It is important that you are on a normal diet, including gluten products, before you undergo testing. Eating a gluten-free diet before testing may confound your results.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Lactose intolerance

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