Coeliac Screen Test - £85.00
Coeliac disease (CD) is a disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have CD cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and lip balms. CD has many and varied symptoms : Weight loss, Tiredness, Vomiting, Lethargy, Breathlessness, Abdominal discomfort, pain and bloating, Mouth ulcers, Diarrhoea, Anaemia (most commonly Fe or folate, but also B12), Dermatitis herpetiformis, Osteoporosis, Depression, Muscle weakness, Bone pain, Infertility and recurrent miscarriage, Amenorrhea. Because of the broad range of symptoms, CD is difficult to diagnose. If undiagnosed, CD patients who continue to ingest gluten will have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal tumours, making early detection of CD very important.
Testing is simple and involves either screening a pin-prick sample of blood for Gliadin IgA and Gliadin IgG antibodies or Tissue transglutaminase IgA antibodies. Results are available within 10 working days.