Tuesday, June 05, 2012

False negative biopsies are more common than you think.... 

The January 9th newsletter for Celiac.com contained this article. Apparently, there are some cases of celiac disease that are being missed:

Diagnosing Celiac Disease: Small Bowel Histopathology Results Can Vary Among Pathology Practices

This brings up some nerve-wracking questions: How does one know for certain that the lab processing their biopsy is a reliable one? If your biopsy is negative, do you re-test in the future? Or do you just trust that the sample taken in your original biopsy is representative of your entire small bowel and that the results weren't misinterpreted?

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