Once thought to be a rare childhood disorder, millions of people worldwide are now diagnosed with celiac disease. An even greater number are undiagnosed and suffering because of it.

How Celiac Disease is Diagnosed

Tests to help diagnose celiac disease include:

  • Genetic testing
  • Blood testing
  • Endoscopy

Sometimes it is difficult to diagnose celiac disease. Our team is very skilled at ruling out other conditions with symptoms similar to celiac disease.

During an endoscopy, doctors use an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera that is inserted through the mouth) to view the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Through the endoscope, tissue samples are taken (biopsies) from the small intestine to confirm whether you have celiac disease.

Living Gluten Free

At present, a life-long gluten-free diet (GFD) is the only treatment for celiac disease. There are no other medications or treatments available, although doctors in the Celiac Center at BIDMC continue to lead research in new, non-dietary therapies. Our experienced dietitians can help you adjust to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Gluten-Free Nutrition Resources