New Blood Test May Make Celiac Disease Easier to Diagnose
Blood test. Endoscopy. Biopsy. Process of elimination. Consultation of astrological charts and the reading of omens. Diagnosing celiac disease hasn’t exactly been easy.
For me, the blood test was enough. My doctor pointed to some funny numbers on a paper and told me to stop eating gluten. I felt better, and I count my lucky stars for it. Medical tests and I never got along so good, and just saying the word “endoscopy” makes me shiver.
Happily for squeamies like me – for everyone really – the blood tests detecting gliadin antibodies continue getting better. I’m happy to report that Phadia, a US company that makes a variety of different blood tests, just got FDA clearance for an even more specific test for celiac disease.