Endomysial antibodies (IgA)
Last updated: Thursday, 25, October, 2007
5ml blood in plain tube
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Diagnosis of coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis.
Transglutaminase antibodies (IgA) have a specificity of greater than 90% for diagnosis of coeliac disease. The test may be negative in patients with coeliac disease assiciated with IgA deficiency. IgA transglutaminase antibodies have largely superseded endosymial antibodies in the diagnosis of coeliac disease.
IgG transglutaminase antibodies may have some role in diagnosis of coeliac disease in patients with IgA deficiency.
Wong R et al, Antibody and Genetic Testing in Coeliac Disease, Pathology Aug 2003 285 - 304