While reaching this stage is fairly complex and can take some time, diagnosis of this disease can be so simple. All it takes for a specialist medical practitioner to identify the celiac disease is the processing of a quick blood test. Knowing that you have the disease by way of symptoms is always going to be uncertain. There are quite a number of symptoms and even so, they may not necessarily be as a result of this rare disease.
One known and common symptom of the celiac disease is the development of skin rashes or blisters. These visible manifestations usually develop around the elbows and knees. The development of such painful and itchy blemishes are the fault of the antibodies. These antibodies are deliberately produced by the body’s immune system in order to fight off the gluten peptides. The blood test or celiac test is used to diagnose the blood for any signs of increased levels of antibodies.
In order for the blood tests to be accurate there needs to be levels of gluten in the body. Blood tests are also used to monitor the progress of celiac patients who have already embarked on a totally gluten free diet. The result of lower levels of antibodies in the blood indicates that therapy and remedial action is successful. But it is the endoscopic biopsy of the small intestine that is deemed to be the medically proven method to diagnose or detect the celiac disease. The endoscopic biopsy examines the small intestine’s villi to find signs of damage brought on by the immune system’s behavior in reaction to the entry of gluten to the body.
Such a test will only ever be carried out by a gastroenterologist. The celiac disease remains a rare disease. Only around one percent of the US population suffer from this disease. Alarmingly, nearly one hundred percent of sufferers are never entirely aware that they are victims of the disease. The majority of this minority, if you could put it that way, are only diagnosed much later in life when they are more vulnerable and most of the damage is already done. Which just goes to show how important regular visits to the doctor and early diagnosis is.