Positive Coeliac Antibodies


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


All referrals should comply with referral standards and specifically include:

  • Family history
  • Duration of symptoms
  • Pattern and severity of symptoms


Initial work up:

  • FBE and ESR
  • U&Es
  • LFTs
  • Anti-transglutaminase IgA, Total IgA level
  • Iron studies
  • B12
  • Red cell folate

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Gastroenterology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

Note: Please do not start on gluten-free diet until after biopsy has been performed.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Semi-urgent / category 2

Coeliac antibodies strongly suggestive of coeliac disease.

When combined with at least one of the    following symptoms:

  • Progressive weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe diarrhoea

Routine / category 3

Clinical suspicion of coeliac disease and/ or equivocal antibody results

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

GESA Guideline:Coeliac Disease (2007)


Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 8302  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED – Phone: 0409 867 492  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: 0459 848 725  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6101  Fax: (03) 6173 0489


We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the clinic and the relevant doctor for urgent assessment, or patient should be directed immediately to the Emergency Department.


We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks


Next available appointment