Gluten sensitivity has been mistaken for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Gluten sensitivity masquerading as systemic lupus erythematosus.
Ann Rheum Dis. 2004 Nov ;63(11):1501-3. PMID: 15479903
Department of Neurology, The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
CASE REPORTS: Three patients are described whose original presentation and immunological profile led to the erroneous diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus. The correct diagnosis of gluten sensitivity was made after years of treatment with steroids and other immunosuppressive drugs. CONCLUSIONS: The immunological profile of IgA deficiency and/or raised double stranded DNA in the absence of antinuclear factor together with raised inflammatory markers and symptoms suggestive of an immune diathesis should alert the physician to the possibility of gluten sensitivity. The presence of an enteropathy is no longer a prerequisite for the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity, which can solely present with extraintestinal symptoms and signs. Knowledge of the diverse manifestations of gluten sensitivity is essential in avoiding such misdiagnosis.