Dr. Cynthia Rudert, Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance expert answers your questions on celiac (*see her advice to the writers of the popular TV show "House" below): Is Celiac Disease genetic? Dr. Rudert answers: Yes, celiac disease is genetic. However, I only recommend genetic testing for celiac in selected patients. The genes for celiac are HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8. Over 99% of celiacs have one or both genes. If I have celiac should my children be tested for celiac? Dr.
Dr. Cynthia Rudert, Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance expert answers your questions on celiac: What is the best test to find out if you have celiac? Dr. Rudert answers: The "Gold Standard" to diagnose celiac disease is the small bowel biopsy. Celiac disease, at this point in time, requires biopsy confirmation. Small bowel biopsies are obtained endoscopically and the gastroenterologist should obtain at least 6 specimens. This requirement is already changing for children. I