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Better2Know Terms & Conditions
What is a Tissue Transglutaminase IgA antibody test?
Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies (TTAs) are one of the antibody types produced in people with a genetic predisposition to Coeliac Disease. Coeliac Disease occurs when the body sees the proteins in gluten as foreign substances and triggers a response from the immune system. Part of this response is to produce what is known as autoantibodies that ‘attack’ the foreign substance producing inflammation and damage in the small intestine.
Gluten is found in the grains wheat, barley and rye, common in cereal-based products and an additive in many other foods. It is thought that relatives of someone with Coeliac Disease have an increased risk of developing this condition.
People with Coeliac Disease may suffer any of a number of symptoms including:
- Flatulence or excess wind
- Unexplained weight loss.
The Better2Know TTA home test is a very sensitive test for diagnosing coeliac disease and is often used in conjunction with the gliadin test for a more accurate diagnosis.
Why should I consider a Gluten Intolerance Test?
If you have been suffering from any of the symptoms above, or if you have a close blood relative with Coeliac Disease, a Better2Know home test on its own or in conjunction with a gliadin test will help to know if you need to see a doctor or nutritionist to discuss the management of your disease.
What is the Better2Know home testing process?
Better2Know’s home testing service enables you to receive highly accurate, laboratory-based testing in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Your tissue transglutaminase IgA home test will require a single blood sample for fast, accurate analysis. The package you receive will consist of a gold-topped blood collection tube, a postage-paid envelope, a pathology form, three-finger prick lancets and antiseptic skin wipes. Once you have taken your blood sample, please use the postage-paid envelope to send it to our fully certified, UK laboratory.
When will my home testing kit arrive?
Your tissue transglutaminase IgA home testing kit will be dispatched via first class post. If you purchase your kit before 4 pm, Monday to Friday, Better2Know will post your parcel on the same day as you place your order. You can choose special delivery on checkout if you would like a tracked and signed for service.
How will I receive my test results?
Your confidential results will be available two working days from the receipt of your sample at our accredited laboratory. Better2Know's trained Patient Services team will contact you personally to notify you of your results. You can also use our secure patient area on the Better2Know website to view your results online at any time.
What should I do with my results?
Your test will determine whether TTAs are present in your blood. If they are, you should discuss your results with a GP. Better2Know can arrange private consultations with one of our skilled doctors or nutritionists nationwide. Your doctor will explain your results and suggest the best way forward. You may also take your results to a doctor or healthcare provider of your choice.
If you are suspected of having Coeliac Disease may be referred for further investigations, and may be advised to remove gluten from your diet.
How can I order my home test?
To order your tissue transglutaminase IgA home test today, simply select the blue, ‘Add to Basket’ button above and proceed to the checkout page. Better2Know’s range of health tests are also available at private clinics throughout the UK. If you would like to arrange an appointment or have any additional queries, please contact our experienced Patient Services Team using the number displayed at the top of the page.
How it works
How It Works
Buying your home test kits online is simple:
- 1 Buy your test online.
- 2 Receive it in the post.
- 3 Provide a sample.
- 4 Free return postage to the lab.
- 5 Check your results securely online.
We provide a completely confidential and anonymous service. Please refer to our FAQs above, for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, using the phone number at the top of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will you send my kit to me?
If your order is placed before 4pm on a working day, then it will be sent the same day. Otherwise it will be sent on the next working day.
Q: Why do you need my email address?
Your Patient Services Manager, Louise Wright, will email you your login details to access your results, a confirmation your kit has been dispatched and finally when all your results are ready. We do not sell on or email you any other marketing materials, that is why we do not ask you to opt in or out of anything.
Q: Do I need to use my real name?
No, but the postman does need to know where to deliver the kit to. As long as you use a name that will get the kit to you, then we do not need your real name.
Q: What does the kit packaging look like?
It will arrive in plain white envelope with your typed name and address on it.
Q: What if I have any more questions?
You can email Louise by replying to one of the emails she has sent to you. She will do her best to answer them.