On the occasion of 16th May - International Coeliac Day (ICD), the Laboratory of Medical Genetics at University Hospital "St. Marina" has organized free genetic testing for gluten intolerance. The tests will be performed on 16th and 17th May in room 260, floor 2 at University Hospital "St. Marina", through selectively targeting persons suitable for the testing. Everyone wishing to undergo the test is required to make an appointment in advance by phone: 052/978649 or 0893636364. Further information is available on 14th and 15th of May on the above-mentioned phones.
Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune socially significant disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people, where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. The incidence in the European populations is 1% (10 in every 1000 people). It is characterized by adverse reactions to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. The only effective treatment is gluten-free diet.
Free genetic tests are targeted at patients who have proven or clinically manifested celiac disease or to patients who have a diagnosed family member - a first-degree relative (brother-sister, parent-child).