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Who should undergo antibody blood tests for celiac disease?Experts in the U.S. recommend antibody blood tests for people who have a higher likelihood than normal of having celiac disease. They include those with:
- Chronic diarrhea (diarrhea that does not resolve in three weeks), increased amount of fat in the stool (steatorrhea), and weight loss
- Excess gas, bloating, and abdominal distension
- Parents or siblings with celiac disease
- Growth retardation
- Unexplained iron deficiency anemia, or deficiency of folate and vitamin B12
- Skin blisters that are itchy (dermatitis herpetiformis)
- Recurrent, painful mouth sores (aphthous stomatitis)
- Diseases associated with celiac disease, such as type I (insulin-dependent) diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, ulcerative colitis, etc.