Celiac disease can develop at any age after people begin eating foods or taking medicine that includes gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Proper testing and diagnosis for celiac disease can be a long, frustrating, and, sometimes, expensive process. The disease may go undetected in people with atypical presentation of symptoms. Additionally, the proliferation of gluten-free diets adopted for other reasons besides gluten-related medical conditions can cause the typical celiac blood tests to come back normal.
Fortunately, the testing process for celiac disease is improving. In this video, which follows Lily Bailen's journey getting diagnosed with celiac disease, we see how pathologists are now better able to order the right set of tests, customized for the individual. This streamlined, effective strategy facilitates diagnosis of celiac disease, helping millions of people.