Endomysial IgA antibodies
Tissue transglutaminase IgA (TTGA) antibodies are used to screen for coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Endomysial antibodies are used to confirm coeliac disease in patients with weak titres of TTGA antibodies only. Endomysial antibodies correlate well with TTGA and will decrease with adherence to a gluten-free diet. As IgA deficiency is common in this group of patients, serum IgA levels should also be checked.
Suspected gluten sensitivity. This test is specific for coeliac disease, but a jejunal biopsy is recommended for confirmation Chronic diarrhoea, failure to thrive (in infants) and fatigue Monitoring compliance with gluten-free diet
|Sample & container required||RST (rust top)|
|Sample volume||5-10 mL (1 mL serum)|
|Turnaround time||14 days|
This test is currently unaccredited due to a recent change in platform.