Celiac disease presenting with motor neuropathy: Effect of gluten free-diet

Andrea Rigamonti, Stefania Magi, Elisabetta Venturini, Lucia Morandi, Claudia Ciano, Giuseppe Lauria

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Celiac disease is a rare cause of neuropathy that most commonly presents with symmetric distal sensory disturbances. We describe two patients with celiac disease in whom neuropathy presented unusually with progressive weakness of the limbs. In both patients a gluten-free diet induced a significant improvement of muscle strength and neurophysiological abnormalities, suggesting a direct pathogenetic role of sensitivity to gluten. Celiac disease should be considered in patients with idiopathic neuropathy even when gastrointestinal symptoms are absent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-677
Number of pages3
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


  • Celiac disease
  • Celiac neuropathy
  • Gluten-free diet
  • Limb weakness
  • Peripheral neuropathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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