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Migraine Headaches Linked to Celiac Disease
Am J Gastroenterol. 2003;98:625-629
Celiac.com 04/29/2003 – The findings of a recent study published in the March edition of American Journal of Gastroenterology indicate that around 4% of those who suffer from migraine headaches may have celiac disease, and in such cases a gluten-free diet can reduce or eliminate migraine symptoms. According to one of the researchers, Maurizio Gabrielli, MD (Gemelli Hospital in Rome, Italy), if further studies confirm these findings it could alter the current range of migraine treatments to include serological screening for celiac disease and the gluten-free diet for those with positive test results.
Maurizio Gabrielli, MD and colleagues studied 90 patients who were diagnosed
with idiopathic migraine, and found that 4.4% had celiac disease compared
to 0.4% of 23 controls. The four migraine patients found to have celiac
disease were treated for six months with a gluten-free diet and their
symptoms decreased or were eliminated. The patients also showed an improvement
in their cerebral blood flow on a gluten-free diet that was confirmed
by using single-photon emission computed tomography scans.
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