Gluten ataxia

Cerebellum. 2008;7(3):494-8. doi: 10.1007/s12311-008-0052-x.


Gluten ataxia is an immune-mediated disease triggered by the ingestion of gluten in genetically susceptible individuals. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of all patients with idiopathic sporadic ataxia. Early diagnosis and treatment with a gluten free diet can improve ataxia and prevent its progression. Readily available and sensitive markers of gluten ataxia include antigliadin antibodies. IgA deposits against TG2 in the small bowel and at extraintestinal sites are proving to be additional reliable and perhaps more specific markers of the whole spectrum of gluten sensitivity. They may also hold the key to its pathogenesis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ataxia / chemically induced*
  • Ataxia / epidemiology
  • Celiac Disease / epidemiology
  • Celiac Disease / physiopathology*
  • Cerebellar Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cerebellar Diseases / etiology
  • Cerebellar Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Epitopes / analysis
  • Glutens / toxicity*
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Purkinje Cells / drug effects
  • Purkinje Cells / pathology
  • Purkinje Cells / physiology


  • Epitopes
  • Glutens