The blood pressure medication Azor has recently been linked to sprue-like enteropathy, a rare gastrointestinal condition that causes symptoms similar to those of celiac disease. In patients suspected of having one of these diseases, several different tests may be used to confirm a diagnosis. This article discusses how celiac disease is diagnosed.
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How is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?
- How long have the symptoms been present?
- How often do they persist?
- Are symptoms consistent throughout the day?
- Do any family members have gastrointestinal diseases?
Depending on the answers to these questions, the doctor will then perform physical tests to check for signs of celiac disease. This condition tends to affect a patient’s pallor, skin color, reflexes, bone density and musculature.
Blood & Gene Tests
In addition to physical testing, a number of tests collectively known as the Celiac Blood Panel or Cascade, may assist in the diagnosis of celiac disease. These include Immunoglobulin A anti-endomysium antibodies (EMA), Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA), Deamidated gliadin peptide antibody (DGP) and LgA anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA).
Unfortunately, gene tests alone cannot confirm a diagnosis of celiac disease; they can only exclude the possibility of a person acquiring the disease. Roughly one-third of Americans are genetically predisposed to celiac disease; however, only about 1% will actually go on to have it at some point in their life. Gene tests can be helpful for family members of a celiac disease patient, and for children whose immune systems are not fully developed.
If clinical symptoms seem to indicate celiac disease, a biopsy of the small intestine may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. This operation consists of passing a flexible biopsy instrument down the throat, through the stomach and into the upper end of the small intestine where tissue is extracted. The instrument is then removed and samples are looked at under a microscope to detect signs of celiac disease.
Can I File an Azor Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo, the maker of Azor, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Azor, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that Daiichi Sankyo failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Azor, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your enteropathy, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have an Azor Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Azor lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Azor Enteropathy cases in all 50 states.
Free Azor Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of celiac disease after taking Azor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Azor Suit and we can help.