At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To help diagnose celiac disease and to evaluate the effectiveness of a gluten-free diet
When to Get Tested?
When you have symptoms suggesting celiac disease, such as chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, anemia, and weight loss; when an infant is chronically irritable or fails to grow at a normal rate; when a close family member has celiac disease; when you are being treated for celiac disease
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
Test Preparation Needed?
Follow your health practitioner's instructions; for diagnosis, you should continue to eat foods that contain gluten for a time period, such as several weeks, prior to testing; for monitoring, no preparation is necessary.