College of Arts and Sciences
Primary Subject Area
Health Sciences, Nursing; Health Sciences, Pathology
celiac disease, coeliac disease, CD, neurological, symptoms
Digestive, Oral, and Skin Physiology | Medical Neurobiology | Medical Pathology
Cook, Lauren V., "Celiac Disease and Neurological Symptoms" (2013). Senior Honors Theses. 375.
New research has revealed that Celiac disease, an autoimmune illness affecting the small intestine, has more ties with neurological side effects than once was thought. The classic and most well known presentation of Celiac disease is gastrointestinal, including symptoms such as abdominal pains, nausea, diarrhea, and flatulence. Researchers have more recently found a correlation between Celiac disease and neurological illnesses such as epilepsy, depression, dementia, and ADHD. Physician awareness of the disease and the neurological side of the illness should be heightened in order for patients to receive earlier diagnosis and a better quality of life. Because of the difficulty to diagnose this disease when the presentation is neurological, there is indication for mass screening programs to be implemented.