Excitability of the motor cortex in de novo patients with celiac disease

Giovanni Pennisi, Giuseppe Lanza, Salvatore Giuffrida, Luisa Vinciguerra, Valentina Puglisi, Mariagiovanna Cantone, Manuela Pennisi, Carmela Cinzia D'Agate, Pietro Naso, Giuseppe Aprile, Giulia Malaguarnera, Raffaele Ferri, Rita Bella

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Introduction: Celiac disease (CD) may initially present as a neurological disorder or may be complicated by neurological changes. To date, neurophysiological studies aiming to an objective evaluation of the potential central nervous system involvement in CD are lacking. Objective: To assess the profile of cortical excitability to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in a group of de novo CD patients. Materials and methods: Twenty CD patients underwent a screening for cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms by means of the Mini Mental State Examination and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders, respectively. Instrumental exams, including electroencephalography and brain computed tomography, were also performed. Corticospinal excitability was assessed by means of single and paired-pulse TMS using the first dorsal interosseus muscle of the dominant hand. TMS measures consisted of resting motor threshold, motor evoked potentials, cortical silent period (CSP), intracortical inhibition (ICI) and facilitation (ICF). None of the CD was on gluten-free diet. A group of 20 age-matched healthy controls was used for comparisons. Results: CD showed a significantly shorter CSP (78.0 vs 125.0 ms, p

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere102790
JournalPLoS One
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 25 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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