Neurological diseases in childhood and adolescence and the gastrointestinal system

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The present study is a review of the main pathologies in which the nervous system and the gastrointestinal system are - directly or not - related. Clinical pictures are divided into three main groups: 1- defects of gut innervation; 2- primary disorders of the nervous system (or of the neuromuscular system) with secondary involvement of the gastrointestinal system; 3- primary gastrointestinal disorders with secondary or associated neurological symptoms. Lastly, a case in which the gastrointestinal disease resembles a neurological pathology is described to discuss Sandifer's syndrome: the association of gastro-esophageal reflux disease with spastic torticollis and dystonic body movements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalSAGGI - Neuropsicologia Infantile Psicopedagogia Riabilitazione
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Celiac disease
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Nervous system
  • Sandifer's syndrome
  • Vitamin deficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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