Vitamin E deficiency may be implicated in complications associated with celiac disease. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Reversible inflammatory and vacuolar myopathy with vitamin E deficiency in celiac disease.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 May;1165:183-9. PMID: 15389648
We report a patient with late-onset celiac disease and neurological manifestations including myopathy, polyneuropathy, and ataxia. Laboratory investigations showed anti-gliadin antibodies and severe vitamin E deficiency. Muscle biopsy revealed inflammatory infiltrates and rimmed vacuoles, similar to those found in inclusion-body myositis. A gluten-free diet and vitamin E supplementation reversed both the clinical neurological manifestations and the abnormalities in the muscle biopsy. Anti-gliadin antibodies were no longer present. This case illustrates the spectrum of neurological complications of celiac disease and documents the occurrence of reversible pathology resembling inclusion-body myopathy in the muscle.