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How often do labs make mistakes?

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  • Posted By: AnnieJ
  • April 18, 2009
  • 01:42 PM

If someone can assist me, I would be grateful. For a year and a half, I have been dealing with gastrointestinal issues. About six weeks ago, my doctor tested me for celiac disease. After the blood test was taken, I started following the diet, and began feeling better. But when I spoke with the doctor, he said that the DNA and antibody test were both negative, so I do not have celiac disease but to continue folllowing the diet if it makes me feel better. But he offered no other options. Could I be dealing with something else? Could the lab have made a mistake (my doc says no, the lab is reliable)? I live in a really small town so second opions are difficult to secure. Thank you.

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  • If someone can assist me, I would be grateful. For a year and a half, I have been dealing with gastrointestinal issues. About six weeks ago, my doctor tested me for celiac disease. After the blood test was taken, I started following the diet, and began feeling better. But when I spoke with the doctor, he said that the DNA and antibody test were both negative, so I do not have celiac disease but to continue folllowing the diet if it makes me feel better. But he offered no other options. Could I be dealing with something else? Could the lab have made a mistake (my doc says no, the lab is reliable)? I live in a really small town so second opions are difficult to secure. Thank you.Hi AnnieJ,I think that, by and large, the majority of medical labs are reliable. That said, errors can be and are made. If you have few options re: a second opinion perhaps you could "respectfully request" a repeat celiac screen from your Doc-of-record.Ironically, had your screen shown positive DNA and high antibodies the usual definitive confirmation for celiac disease is via endoscopy and biopsy of small intestine tissue...a relatively benign procedure but not one that would likely be undertaken in the face of negative results.Best of luck.John<
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