How is Celiac Disease diagnosed?
It is not clear what causes celiac disease. A combination of environmental and genetic factors is important. Fortunately, at the University of Minnesota testing is available that can easily distinguish celiac disease from other disorders. As a University of Minnesota Health patient, your care team consists of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, advanced practice providers, dieticians, and health phycologists. Your care team will determine the most accurate series of testing for diagnosis of celiac disease. The care team will run tests that consists of but are not limit to blood and stool tests, imaging, and endoscopy with small intestine biopsies,. These tests are completed to confirm the diagnosis of celiac disease and to ensure there are no resulting nutritional deficiencies.
Scheduling a visit: what should I do before my visit?
Before your visit, obtain reports of any prior procedures (colonoscopies, endoscopies or surgeries) and imaging reports (Ultrasounds, CT or MRI scans). If you have been seen by a gastroenterologist obtain a report of that visit and send us those medical records.
Our team aims to make patient education a priority. Please write down your visit expectations and any questions you may have. It is important to us that we meet your expectations and answer all of your questions.
What to expect on your first visit
On your first visit you will meet with the office staff to review your medications, allergies and history. If you sent your records ahead of time your physician reviewed them prior to your visit. Your physician will sit down with you to take a detailed history of your past medical and surgical history. If the diagnosis of celiac disease is in question our providers will discuss scheduling blood tests, stool tests and endoscopy to obtain small bowel biopsies to establish the diagnosis. If the diagnosis has already been confirmed our providers will work with you to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dieticians to educate you on a gluten free diet.