Each year the University of Chicago does a free celiac blood screening to 500 participants for free. These participants come from all over the country for various reasons such as insurance doesn't cover the test or their doctor refuses to run the test on the patient. Usually conducted in October, the date will be on Saturday, November 16th this year.
You qualify for this free screening if:
- You have a family member with celiac disease
- You are eating a diet that has gluten in it. If you have removed gluten you need to eat at least one serving of gluten per day such as a half slice of bread, crackers at least 12 weeks prior to the antibody blood screening.
- You have one of the 300 symptoms to possible celiac disease
Symptoms include, but not limited to:
- IBS/Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn's Disease
- Infertility/Heavy abnormal periods/frequent miscarriages
- Acne/Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis/Pale Skin
- Anemia/Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D3 deficiency
- Joint pain/Joint swelling
- Current Autoimmune Disease such as Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS
- Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalsia
- Mood Swings/Behaviorial issues/Anxiety/Depression/ADHD
- Hypo or hyper thyroid/Low Blood Sugars
- Sinus pressures/Chronic Sinus Infections
Pre-registration for the screening is important. The application period will open prior to the event. They strongly suggest joining their email list to make sure you are notified.
The blood screening is held on the 4th floor of the University of Chicago Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
The tests performed are:
Human Tissue Transglutaminase IgA Test
Total Serum IgA
For more information visit their Cure Celiac Disease website.