Free Blood Screening for Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease Screening University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center will hold another free Celiac Disease blood screening on Saturday, October 9, 2010.  In addition to screening 500+ people for Celiac Disease–thanks to the generosity of Prometheus Laboratories–their panel of experts will take questions from the audience and exhibitors will showcase delicious gluten free products.

Should I be tested?

1 in 100 people in the United States have Celiac disease, but 97% of those remain undiagnosed.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should be screened for Celiac disease:

  • Recurring abdominal bloating and pain
  • Chronic diarrhea/constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Liver and biliary tract disorders (“Transaminitis,” fatty liver, primary sclerosing cholangitis etc.)
  • Weight loss
  • Pale, foul-smelling stool
  • Iron-deficiency anemia that does not respond to iron therapy
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to thrive or short stature
  • Delayed puberty
  • Pain in the joints
  • Tingling numbness in the legs
  • Pale sores inside the mouth
  • A skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH)
  • Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
  • Unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriage
  • Osteopenia (mild) or osteoporosis (more serious bone density problem)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression

If the screening is full, please schedule a visit with your doctor and ask him to screen you for Celiac disease.

More about the Celiac Disease Center @ U of C

In addition to this free screening, The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center also offers:

  • A gluten-free care package for newly diagnosed Celiac patients.
  • An outstanding free newsletter
  • Ongoing research to learn more about Celiac disease, including ways the epidemic of Celiac Disease can be reversed

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is a huge asset to the Celiac community.  Thanks to all of those who are part of this outstanding medical center.

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