Celiac.com 04/20/2009 - Faced with cases of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy that seemed to coincide with celiac disease, a team of Turkish researchers recently set out to determine if a possible connection exists between the two conditions.

The team was made up of Tugcin B. Polat, Nafiye Urganci, Yalim Yalcin, Cenap Zeybek, Celal Akdeniz, Abdullah Erdem, Elnur Imanov, and Ahmet Celebi, affiliated with the Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Dr. Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital, and/or with the Clinic of Pediatrics, Sisli Etfal Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.

To date, little has been studied about cardiac function specifically as it relates to celiac disease. The researchers undertook their study to assess cardiac functions using Tissue Doppler Echocardiography in patients with celiac disease.

The team evaluated 45 clinically stable patients. the time of echocardiographic evaluation, 25 patients showed positive serum IgA Antiendomysial