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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Brain Lesions And Celiac Disease

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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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