[Celiac disease can be associated with severe neurological symptoms. Analysis of gliadin antibodies should be considered in suspected cases]

Lakartidningen. 2001 Aug 22;98(34):3538-42.
[Article in Swedish]

Abstract

Celiac disease can be associated with a wide spectrum of neurological and psychiatric symptoms (cerebellar ataxia, neuromuscular manifestations, epilepsy, dementia), even in the absence of malabsorption or gastrointestinal symptoms. The case of a 72-year-old man with a rapidly progressive, lethal encephalopathy secondary to celiac disease is reported, together with a review of documented neurological symptoms in celiac disease. The aetiology of these neurological symptoms is unknown, although immunological mechanisms are suspected.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antibodies / analysis*
  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis
  • Brain Diseases / etiology*
  • Brain Diseases / immunology
  • Celiac Disease / complications*
  • Celiac Disease / diagnosis
  • Celiac Disease / immunology
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / diagnosis
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / etiology
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / immunology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Gait
  • Gliadin / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / etiology*
  • Mental Disorders / immunology
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / etiology*
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / immunology

Substances

  • Antibodies
  • Gliadin