Celiac disease of the joint

Ozyemisci-Taskiran O., Cengiz M., Atalay F.

RHEUMATOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, cilt.31, ss.573-576, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 31 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00296-010-1670-4
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.573-576


A 42-year-old woman presented with a 3-week history of left knee pain and swelling. She had suffered dermatitis herpetiformis for 12 years, proved by skin biopsy. She had never been on gluten-free diet. Knee pain increased with motion and her gait was antalgic. On admission, she was mainly dependent on wheelchair due to pain and limitation. Treatment plan consisted of gluten-free diet, stretching and strengthening exercises, analgesic or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs when needed. She responded well to gluten-free diet. Association of joint involvement and dermatitis herpetiformis is more than just coincidental. Possible immunopathogenesis and role of gluten-free diet on arthritis treatment are discussed.