This new test could help diagnosis celiac disease in patients who have already been on a gluten free diet and are concerned about going on a gluten challenge. In the past, patients would be challenged with gluten for six weeks or longer and some patients would experience symptoms that interfered with their daily lives. In this study, patients were given gluten for three days and had their blood tested for a blood cell reaction to gluten several days later. The researchers were able to distinguish between patients that had celiac disease caused by gluten sensitivity and those who did not have celiac disease.
This advancement holds promise for patients who have already been on a gluten free diet and go to the doctor seeking testing for celiac disease. This brand new research will take further testing to be developed.
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Dr. Murray is a gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert at the Mayo Clinic.