Download kB Preview Abstract Celiac disease--in its typical form--is a chronic immune-mediated enteropathy with typical clinical symptoms that develops against gliadin content of diabetic enteropathy grains, and is often associated with other autoimmune diseases.
In cases of atypical manifestation classic symptoms may be absent or mild, and extra-intestinal symptoms or associated syndromes dominate clinical picture.
The authors present a longitudinal follow-up of such a case. A years old woman was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 19, and with progressive limb ataxia at the age of 36, which was initially thought to be caused by cerebellar atrophy, later probably by stiff person syndrome.
At the age 59, her diabetes mellitus manifested with type 2 diabetic phenotype, but based on GAD positivity later was reclassified as type 1 diabetes. Only the last check-up discovered the diabetic enteropathy disease, retrospectively explaining the entire disease course and neurological symptoms.
By presenting this case, the authors would like to draw attention to the fact that one should think of the possibility of celiac diabetic enteropathy when cerebellar ataxia, progressive neurological symptoms and diabetes are present at the same time. An early diagnosis may help to delay the progression of disease and help better treatment.