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Colorectal Diseases

Celiac disease?

12/08/2008

Question:

Lower abdominal pain and discomfort for months. Had pelvic ultrasound,CT scan, lots of lab work done. Because an IgA test was flagged high, and a gluten intolerence test for antibodies showed "weak elevated" it was suggested that I have celiac disease. I hesitate to have a gastroscopy because I have none of the symptoms of celiac disease-such as, like weight loss or diarrhea, etc. Even the abdominal pain is described as "upper" and not "lower."

In the absence of all the symptoms listed, should I go ahead with a gastroscopy? I know it would be definitive but should`t there be some symptoms before doing this icky test?

Answer:

Sounds like you've had a very thorough evaluation, and gastroscopy would perhaps be the next logical step. Remember, every disease process can act differently in individuals affected by it.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati