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Brain Lesions And Celiac Disease

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 09:36 PM

I found this article while looking at the Clan Thompson site. I had no idea that Celiacs HAD brain lesions. Do we ALL have them? Does anyone know more on this subject? Maybe I am just reading the article wrong, help me understand. Here is the article I found:


QUESTION: I have heard that the brain lesions between MS and celiac disease are identical but I've been unable to locate any info on this. Can you help? ?
DR. RUDERT: Neurologic disorders may be associated with Celiac Disease: The majority are uncommon except for migraine headaches. It is thought that at least 4% of migraine headache sufferers are undiagnosed celiacs.

The brain lesions in cerebellar ataxia, which can be seen with Celiac Disease are identical to MS. Both involve "white matter" changes. The NIH in Bethesda, Maryland is looking to enroll patients with cerebellar ataxia. Ataxia is diagnosed in a patient who has difficulty walking a straight line. They are screened for celiac and regardless of the results are placed on a gluten-free diet and monitored. The Nurse Coordinator can be reached at 1-301-435-8518, or call Barbara Kimber at 1-301-496-0600.

An article you may find of benefit: Ghezzi, A., Zaffaroni, M.: "Neurological Manifestations of Gastrointestinal Disorders, with Particular Reference to the Differential Diagnosis of MS", Neurol Sci 2001; 22 Suppl 2:S 117-122. Also, Pengirna, T.C., Wills, A., Holmes, G.: "Neurological Complications of Coeliac Disease", Postgraduate Medical Journal 2002; 78(921): 393-398.
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