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How is celiac disease diagnosed?

If celiac disease runs in your family or if you suspect you may have it, talk to you doctor about doing a celiac panel blood test or considering other diagnostics. The blood test will look for high levels of certain antibodies that people with celiac disease produce when consuming foods with gluten. So it is important to continue eating a diet containing gluten before having the blood test, otherwise the test results might be negative even if the disease is present. Following a positive blood test, your doctor may want to conduct an intestinal biopsy, collecting a small sample of the small intestine to check for signs of damage from celiac disease.

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