Online Testing for Celiac Disease
The online labs below (and others – they come and go) offer celiac tests that patients can order themselves. This is called Direct Access Testing and is governed by state regulation. It is legal in California and most, but not all, other states. These labs generally have a contract with LabCorp and use LabCorp patient service centers and processing.
Advantages: Confidentiality, potential for lower cost (prices vary widely – compare to check), and avoiding a visit to the doctor.
Disadvantages: They do not accept health insurance, they cannot give you medical advice, and you are not under a doctor’s care and guidance. These are significant disadvantages, as choosing the correct celiac test and understanding the results can be complex.
This list is NOT intended as an endorsement, but is provided for your information as examples of online labs. We do not have a financial relationship with any lab.
Online Testing for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
Currently, there is no scientifically valid test to diagnose non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Celiac experts warn consumers against buying tests from online labs that claim to offer tests for “gluten sensitivity,” “gluten allergy,” “gluten intolerance,” and “gluten cross reactivity,” etc.; these labs may have scientific-looking websites, but the research is not published in peer-reviewed medical journals, the system the medical profession has developed over centuries to protect patients.
For more information about non-celiac gluten sensitivity and how to diagnose it, we recommend these resources: MassGeneral Hospital for Children Center for Celiac Research and the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center eBook. Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity experts generally recommend first ruling out celiac disease, IBS and wheat allergy and then eliminating gluten from the diet to see if symptoms are resolved. Diagnosis of gluten sensitivity should be carried out under the care of a knowledgable physician. Self-diagnosis is not recommended.