Further Evidence for Celiac Disease-associated Chorea?

Walker, Ruth H.

Background: A number of neurological conditions have been reported to be associated with gluten sensitivity, including ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, epilepsy, and occasionally, chorea. The pathogenic role of anti-gliadin antibodies has been questioned, and pathophysiology remains controversial. Case Report: I report chorea in a patient with celiac disease, which responded to a gluten-restricted diet. The response of the movement disorder to change in diet strongly suggests a functional role for anti-gliadin antibodies in the generation of chorea, probably involving basal ganglia targets. Discussion: Gluten sensitivity may be a treatable cause of chorea.



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Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders
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July 5, 2012