Food & Allergies
Providing diagnostics and treatment services to individuals across Africa.
Celiac Disease (HLA-DQ2 /HLA-DQ8)
Celiac disease (HLA-DQ2 /HLA-DQ8) test checks for and diagnosis Celiac disease, it has 99% sensitivity.
Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy ) is an immune reaction to eating gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye (foods like oats, alcohol even ice cream). Over time, this reaction damages the small intestine lining and prevents absorption of some nutrients.
Celiac disease could occur as a result of a gene mutation.
Why Get Tested
Gluten is the protein that makes dough elastic and gives bread its chewy texture. At the rate at which we consume bread and wheat related pastry in general it is important that we test for celiac disease. Celiac disease has no cure and can lead to worse diseases even cancer.. It is important especially if a person:
is exhibiting symptoms of celiac disease
has family members with celiac disease
has Type 1 diabetes
has Down syndrome or Turner syndrome
has Rheumatoid arthritis.
This test requires a blood sample. The blood sample can be collected at one of our partner locations or at home using our on-demand sample collection service.