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Also who should order the test? Just click on the link and scroll down. This doctor says the test should be ordered by anyone with any autoimmune disease (Hello all you folks and their loved ones with Lupus!)
If you can't afford this DNA test, go to a gastroenterologist and have your medical insurance pay for the "normal" Celiac Disease testing. (if you have regular Celiac Testing you must presently be eating gluten) Although I guess it is worth it to check if your insurance company would pay for the DNA test...although I'm tending to think it would need to come "out of pocket".
Excerpt from Celiacdisease.about.com (link below)
***Celiac disease is caused by an interaction between the celiac disease genes and environment. Strong evidence shows that in order to develop celiac disease, a person must have one or both of two genes known as HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8. The major environmental factor, of course, is gluten ingestion. Gluten proteins interact with the celiac disease genes to trigger an abnormal immune response that damages the lining of the small intestine.
More than 97% of patients with celiac disease have at least one of the two genes. Most patients (more than 90%) carry the DQ2 gene. Fewer than 10% carry the DQ8 gene. In the near future, researchers will likely discover additional genes that predispose an individual to celiac disease.
Important: Having these so-called "celiac disease genes" does not mean you're guaranteed to have celiac disease. In fact, the vast majority of people with the genes never develop celiac disease. Having the genes only means you have a risk of someday developing celiac disease. On the other hand, if you don't have these genes, your odds of developing celiac disease are slim to none.***
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