Coeliac Disease (CD) is defined as an immune-mediated systemic disorder elicited by gluten and related prolamines in genetically susceptible individuals. The disease is characterized by the presence of a variable combination of gluten-dependent clinical manifestations, CD specific antibodies, human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 haplotypes, and enteropathy. Gluten is a protein found in foods such as wheat, barley, rye and oats. Coeliac disease usually presents with gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, malabsorption, or weight loss.
The European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) has found that CD is frequently difficult to recognise. There is a great deal of variation in presenting symptoms and many cases can actually occur without obvious symptoms manifesting. Consequently HLA-DQ genotyping is considered the initial step in testing in patients at risk of CD. Particularly in patients that do not have a typical symptom picture.
One blood sample is required for completion of test. Take a referral along to the nearest Australian Clinical Labs collection centre. Find your nearest collection centre by going online at www.clinicallabs.com.au or contacting us on 1300 554 480.
The standard turnaround time for this test is 5 – 7 working days from the date the patient’s specimen/s are received by our laboratory.
Patient results are delivered via electronic download unless requested otherwise. Results can also be issued via hardcopy, fax or web based e-viewer.
All Australian Clinical Labs Functional Pathology tests are accompanied by an Interpretive Guide to assist practitioners in their clinical understanding and patient management for each result. Australian Clinical Labs Functional Pathology also has experienced full time Technical Advisors available for practitioners to discuss appropriate test selection, interpretation of test results, individual cases and other technical matters. Please call 1300 55 44 80 between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm AEST or email csfp@AustralianClinicalLabs.com.au