Annual Celiac Blood Screening: Every October we hold a free celiac blood screening day to test people who are at risk for celiac disease. Each year we test approximately 400 people, and one quarter of our participants are children. Many 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.
Individuals at risk for celiac disease are eligible to participate. In addition, participants may not be on a gluten-free diet. Eligibility is determined when the participant calls our office to register; registration opens in early August. Watch our website’s events page for more details.
The blood screening is held at the University of Chicago Hospitals Ducchoissois Center for Advanced Medicine. The test performed is the tTG-IgA, or tissue transglutaminase test. This test is the most sensitive screening test available for celiac disease.