Biocard Coeliac Disease Test
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- Test for Coeliac Disease. Often confused with IBS
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Anyone who has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms should consider being tested for coeliac disease (gluten sensitivity)
This Zoom Health Coeliac Test is an easy to use test that checks for the presence of particular antibodies in the blood. This simple test can be carried out at home and results are available in about 10 minutes.
Coeliac disease is a serious, lifelong, gastrointestinal disorder that can cause a wide range of clinical symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal distension, weight loss, malnutrition and skin disorders. No two people with Celiac disease experience the disease the same way, making it extremely difficult to diagnose.
It is a genetic disease that causes a permanent intolerance to gluten, a complex mixture of storage proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. Patients often feel “terrible” for as long as 10 years while continuing to eat gluten, since they have no idea what is wrong. By following a gluten free diet, these symptoms can be avoided.
The Zoom Health Coeliac Test is a test for the detection IgA antibodies triggered by transglutaminase, associated with coeliac disease. The Coeliac test uses a small blood sample captured by the fingerpricker included in the test.
Symptoms of Coeliac Disease
The symptoms of coeliac disease can vary widely from person to person. Symptoms can include
– mild abdominal (stomach) pain
– occasional changes in bowel habit, such as episodes of mild diarrhoea or constipation
– anaemia (tiredness, breathlessness and an irregular heartbeat, caused by a lack of iron in the blood)
– loss of appetite
– weight loss
– tingling and numbness in your hands and feet (neuropathy)
– vomiting (usually only affects children)
– some loss of hair (alopecia, usually only affects adults)
– diarrhoea, which can often suddenly occur during the night, resulting in incontinence
– muscle spasms
– swelling of your hands, feet, arms and legs, caused by a build-up of fluid (oedema)
If you suffer from one or more of the above symptoms, the reason could be coeliac disease.
We recommend that anyone suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms should consider being tested for coeliac disease (gluten sensitivity).
Some symptoms may be mistaken as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or wheat intolerance. Stress or getting older can also be a cause of confusion.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be underweight or have lost weight to have coeliac disease. Most people are of normal weight or even overweight at diagnosis.
How accurate is the test?
Research was carried out in 2007 on 2690 children using this test. The findings of the study were published in the British Medical Journal and showed that this test was as accurate as hospital laboratory tests (Korponay-Szabo et al. BMJ 2007;335;1244-1247).
The Doctor’s Verdict
“This test is quite valid – the gold standard for 99 per cent of coeliac patients is the presence of these antibodies,” says Tom MacDonald, professor of immunology at Bart’s and the London University medical schools.
“The test is useful because GPs sometimes fail to diagnose coeliac properly and the longer it is left untreated the worse it gets – leading to complications such as anaemia. If you suspect a problem this is a good way to test yourself, though see your GP to confirm it.
“Coeliac disease is a condition which can be cured with a gluten-free diet, so a person with a positive result can then take immediate action.”
Coeliac Disease / Celiac Disease
In US English Coeliac is spelt Celiac and Coeliac disease is known as Celiac Disease.