Jan.30, 2013

Polyneuropathy Patients With Celiac Disease Are Not Copper Deficient, New Research Shows

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The cause of neurological conditions in individuals with Celiac Disease remains unknown. Although previous studies cited copper deficiency as a possible culprit, doctors from the Department of Neurology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital at Columbia University have recently ruled it out.

After identifying 18 individuals with both Celiac Disease and peripheral neuropathy, the group of specialists at Columbia reviewed their medical history and assessed their serum copper levels.

Of the 18 patients, 16 had normal copper levels and 2 had mild hypercupremia, but none had a full copper deficiency.

Copper plays a key role in the  development and maintenance of the nervous system. Possible symptoms of a copper deficiency include anemia or a low white blood cell count. Doctors wanted to study the link to Celiac Disease after they observed no improvement in celiac neuropathy following vitamin therapy.

“Just as it is important to know what factors might be relevant to the etiology of neuropathy in CD, we believe it is also important to establish which are not,” doctors who worked on the study reported in the Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease.

To learn more: http://files.meetup.com/30873/2012, Copper Levels in Patients With Celiac Neuropathy.pdf

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