For Benicar users suffering from symptoms similar to those of celiac disease, a number of tests may be used to diagnose the condition. Celiac disease occurs in the small intestine and results from hypersensitivity to gluten, which causes difficulty in digesting food. Benicar patients experiencing celiac disease symptoms may be instructed by their doctors to discontinue treatment with the drug and/or maintain a gluten-free diet.
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How is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?
- What physical and emotional symptoms is the patient suffering from?
- How long has the patient been experiencing these symptoms? How often do symptoms persist? Is there a pattern or cycle?
- Are symptoms consistent throughout the day? When and for how long do they occur?
- Do any family members have autoimmune disorders?
Depending on the patient’s symptoms, the doctor will perform tests to check for the following:
- Skin lesions
- Bone or skin membrane changes
- Protruding or distended abdomen
- Loss of sensation in extremities
- Diminished deep tendon reflexes
- Muscle spasms
- Bone tenderness
- Bone pain
- Gluten ataxia
- Peripheral neuropathy
Unfortunately, there is no standardization in current tests to diagnose Benicar celiac disease. However, a number of tests collectively referred to as the Celiac Blood Panel or Cascade, may assist in the diagnosis. These tests may include:
- Immunoglobulin A anti-endomysium antibodies (EMA)
- Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA)
- Deamidated gliadin peptide antibody (DGP)
- LgA anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA)
Gene tests alone cannot positively diagnose celiac disease; they can only exclude the probability of a patient developing the condition. 30-40% of Americans have a genetic predisposition for celiac disease; however, only 1% will actually develop it. Genetic testing may be useful for family members of a patient with celiac disease and children whose immune systems are not fully matured.
If clinical symptoms and lab tests identify probable malabsorption, a biopsy of the small intestine may be performed. During this procedure, a flexible biopsy instrument is passed through a tube, down the throat, through the stomach and into the upper end of the small intestine where tissue is gathered. The tube is then removed and samples are examined under a microscope to look for signs of damage.
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