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Kidney Disease and Celiac Disease

The following was taken from a lecture given by Dr. Joseph Murray in October, 1996. It was published by the Sprue-Nik Press (Published by the Tri-County Celiac Sprue Support Group, a chapter of CSA/USA, Inc. serving southeastern Michigan) Volume 5, Number 9, December 1996. Dr. Joseph Murray, one of the leading USA physicians in the diagnosis of celiac disease (CD) and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). Dr. Murray (murray.joseph@mayo.edu) of the Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, is a gastroenterologist who specializes in treating Celiac disease:

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Q: Is there any kidney disease associated with CD?

A: Yes: IgA nephropathy, which is a common condition causing blood in the urine (possibly in microscopic amounts that would not be detected visually), may be caused by CD. This may be similar to what happens in DH, where antibodies produced in the intestine get deposited under the skin. In IgA nephropathy, youve got IgA that was produced somewhere (we dont know where) getting deposited in the kidneys, causing secondary damage to the kidneys.

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Patty
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31 May 2009 6:07:52 PM PDT
I wish the article would have given more information on kidney disease and celiac disease. I feel it's an important topic.

 
eman
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01 Jul 2010 12:01:55 AM PDT
Now I understand what happened to me before the doctor diagnosed me with celiac disease.

 
bette harting
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13 Oct 2010 9:16:25 AM PDT
I agree there is a need for more information about kidney disease and celiac disease or at least gluten intolerance/allergy. I'm wondering where Dr. Murray is located and if he has a private practice. I would travel just about anywhere to see him and explain my husband's condition. He seems to be the only doctor who understands this condition. I have had to do my own research and own trial and error methods of helping my husband. He is right on target and needs to get this word out for the many who are suffering and most, if not all, other doctors don't understand.

 
Dennis
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Talks only of having blood in your urine, but does not address the question of whether or not going gluten-free will help alleviate the symptoms of polycystic kidney disease.

 
Pete
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Pointless article without any detail!

However there is some evidence that undiagnosed gluten intolerance could be the cause of CKD (igAN etc) but regardless one should go gluten free completely for at least three months and then get your bloods done again to see if there have been any positive changes. meat and dairy is killing us too. Its not rocket science is it, wholefoods only if we value our lives.




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Are you sure you do not have fractures? I fractured two vertebrae two months after my celiac disease diagnosis DOING NOTHING!!!! Turns out I have osteoporosis from untreated celiac disease. ? Consider a bone scan.

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I'm a naturalist -- I don't use drugs, creams, etc. I do, however, scratch** the rash until I'm almost bleeding and then dump isopropyl alcohol in it -- that relieves the itch for quite some time. (Stings at first though.) I get the rashes on my legs. ANYWAY, I have found that a gluten-free diet is the only (or best) approach -- it's certainly the most natural, in my opinion. It took six months before I felt I was cleansed of gluten. I went nine months (or more) without a rash. Then, I mistakenly ate some soup with barley in it. Got the rash. I let it run its course while getting back to & staying on a gluten-free diet. My best advice is just to stay on a gluten-free diet. Be strong, brave. You can do it! ** I should clarify that when my rashes start itching, I can't help but scratch (excessively). I am not suggesting scratching yourself (with or without cause) as a means to an end. Don't scratch if you can.

Nicotinamide helps a great deal. Nicotinamide is a form of Vitamin B3, also called Niacin. Many new Celiacs have trouble absorbing sufficient vitamins and minerals because of intestinal damage. Malabsorption causes malnutrition. Deficiencies of the B Complex vitamins, especially niacin, and vitamins A and D often manifest as skin rashes and exacerbate DH. Recent research has found that treatment with nicotinamide and tetracycline effectively treats DH. Ask your doctor to check for vitamin deficiencies if you haven't already. Also dapsone use may cause iron, B12, and folate deficiencies which may lead to anemia. These should be monitored as well. Hope this helps.

I'm so excited! The Austin area has a new gluten-free restaurant - Guaco Taco. I'm going there tomorrow night for dinner. I love Mexican food and miss being able to eat it out.