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Stool analysis for antibodies against gluten-related antigens may be a more sensitive assessment to gluten/immune reactions than serum antibody assessments. Positive faecal anti-tissue transglutaminase IgA (produced in situ by the intestinal mucosal) result from a specific immune reaction to gluten in the digestive tract, and may be present in the absence of similar antibodies in serum, especially in the absence of the typical coeliac disease-related damage to the intestinal tract (i.e., villous atrophy). This represents the immune/inflammatory response to gluten that may be ongoing without any apparent damage to the gut or without any elevated serum antibody titres. Intestinal gluten antibody assessments may be a more accurate method of detecting gluten intolerance reactions, and may reflect such immune reaction before, or in the absence of any traditional serum evaluations.
- Food sensitivities
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Eczema, Psoriasis
- Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia
NOTICE TO PATIENTS
NutriPATH practices in the usual practitioner-referral system for pathology laboratories. Patients are highly recommended to seek the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner for the interpretation of any lab results and associated information. NutriPATH can offer assistance in locating a suitable practitioner.