Who needs an endoscopy
Should you have an endoscopy?
Did you know that:
- Upper endoscopy (gastroscopy) is a procedure to have a look at the upper gut and to get the bowel tissue samples.
- A small bowel biopsy is done by this endoscopy procedure.
- It is done to confirm bowel damage from gluten.
- Celiac disease is currently defined by gut damage found by endoscopy.
- Colonoscopy is a lower endoscopy (looking into the rectum and colon).
- Diseases looked for include: gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD), eosinophilic esophagitis (EE), Helicobacter pylori, inflammatory bowel disease.
Please stay on gluten foods until you have had your blood tests and endoscopy. See the full article on endoscopy.
You are invited to have a “virtual” consultation at - The eClinic.
This will help you work out if you need an endoscopy. Your own health practitioner will be given guidance about what tests to order for you, and how to interpret the results. It is best to get properly tested before changing your diet.
You can read more about gluten, gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, and endoscopy in Dr Ford’s book: “Are You Gluten Sensitive? Your questions answered“.