Monday, February 8, 2010

Free Celiac Blood Screening!

Sandra, whose sister suffers from Celiac, forwarded me this info on free Celiac Blood Screening! Can I mention FREE again? Here's the info so you can find out whether you've got Celiac:

Annual Free Celiac Blood Screening
Every fall we hold a free, celiac blood screening day to test people who are at risk for celiac disease. Each year we test nearly 500 participants, who come to the University of Chicago from all over the country. Many of the participants would not otherwise have had access to celiac disease testing, either because their doctors refused to carry out the tests, their insurance would not cover the cost or they were uninsured altogether.

You are eligible for the free blood screening if you are at risk for celiac disease. There is no need to fast before the test.

Pre-registration for the screening is essential. You may register by calling our office at (773) 702-7593. Registration opens on September 1, 2010. We will require a brief phone consultation before you register, to determine your eligibility.

The blood screening is held on the 4th Floor of the University of Chicago Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine. The test performed is the tTG-IgA, or anti-tissue transglutaminase test. This test is the most sensitive screening test available for celiac disease.

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