About the Celiac Center
The Jefferson Celiac Center is Philadelphia's first adult center with a multidisciplinary approach to celiac disease. Specialists of the Jefferson Celiac Center have a long history of excellence in the diagnosis and management of celiac disease as well as extensive experience in helping patients manage this lifelong condition. Our mission is to:
- Improve diagnosis and management of celiac disease and associated conditions by centering your care around a core network of specialists
- Advance scientific knowledge of celiac disease through extensive research and clinical trials
- Educate physicians, patients and families about celiac disease
- Support patient advocacy by increasing public awareness
Although it affects more than 3 million Americans, celiac disease is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Our team of physicians and pathologists who specialize in celiac disease and other digestive diseases will perform blood tests to determine if elevated levels of certain antibodies – that is, proteins that target the body's own cells or tissues – are present in your body. We will also take another type of blood test to check for IgA – something that occurs more commonly with celiac disease and can affect the reliability of the antibody testing.
Our Center has been among only a handful participating in the testing of promising new orally administered drugs, including medications to decrease or block the absorption of gluten. There is great promise of achieving a medication to moderate celiac disease at the cellular level.