Heart transplantation in rapidly progressive end-stage heart failure associated with celiac disease

BMJ Case Rep. 2011 May 12:2011:bcr1220103624. doi: 10.1136/bcr.12.2010.3624.


Celiac disease is characterised by chronic immune-mediated malabsorption in genetically susceptible individuals induced by gluten proteins present in wheat, barley and rye. It occurs in adults and children at rates approaching 1% of the population. Cardiomyopathy associated with celiac disease is infrequent. The authors present here a first case of a severe progressive dilated cardiomyopathy that required heart transplantation in young woman with celiac disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Celiac Disease / complications*
  • Celiac Disease / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis
  • Heart Failure / etiology
  • Heart Failure / surgery*
  • Heart Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Young Adult