A new blood test in experimental phase can identify Celiacs while they are still following a gluten-free diet.
The current blood test relies on detecting an immune response to gluten, but that response gradually fades for people on a gluten-free diet.
The “gold standard” test for diagnosing Celiac Disease requires the daily consumption of gluten for up to 8 weeks, followed by a biopsy from the small intestine.
On a small test sample of 63 patients, the new blood test was 96% percent accurate identifying patients with Celiac Disease on a gluten-free diet compared to non-Celiacs.
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