Celiac Disease Diagnosis
Celiac Disease Diagnosis -- A Gluten-Free Diet
Once celiac disease is suspected, the last step in diagnosis will be to have the person try a gluten-free diet. If symptoms improve with this type of diet, a diagnosis of celiac disease is likely.
It is important that a person does not self-diagnose celiac disease and begin treatment before the diagnosis has been confirmed. Without gluten in the diet, some of the tests above will be negative for celiac disease, even if the disease is actually present. This will lead to more tests and the possibility that the condition will be misdiagnosed.
Is It Celiac Disease or Another Medical Condition?Recognizing celiac disease can be difficult because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. In fact, sometimes celiac disease is confused with:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Iron deficiency anemia caused by menstrual blood loss
- Crohn's disease
- Intestinal infections
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
As a result, celiac disease is commonly underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. As part of diagnosing this disease, the healthcare provider will consider these other conditions.