Q&A: Found that I have gluten intolerance from my ALCAT test, would that mean I may have celiac disease?

Question by Bing O: Found that I have gluten intolerance from my ALCAT test, would that mean I may have celiac disease?
Do I need to further take test like colonoscopy to confirm if i have it (CD) before I go on gluten-free diet?

Best answer:

Answer by sailor
You should do further testing. My understanding is that the ALCAT just shows whether or not you are sensitive to gluten. The gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease is an endoscopy which is a tube down your throat through your stomach to your small intestine and with a little med to help is not a big deal for most people. A colonoscopy is not used to diagnose celiac disease but may be used to see if there is damage caused by CD in the large intestine. And a negative endoscopy now doesn’t preclude a positive test sometime in the future. If you test negative, you might want to have genetic testing done to see if you have the genetics for CD to know if you need to keep being followed for development of CD later in life.
Good luck!!!

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