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Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2000 Mar 30;120(9):1034-6.

[Tetany--a first symptom of celiac disease].

[Article in Norwegian]

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Barneavdelingen Sentralsykehuset Ostfold Fredrikstad.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Seizures in children are usually caused by fever or epilepsy, though they may also be caused by electrolyte, vitamin or mineral disturbances. We describe a case of hypocalcaemic tetany with hypovitaminosis D.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

The patient was a previously healthy eight months old girl of Indian origin.

RESULTS:

Investigations revealed that she suffered from coeliac disease.

INTERPRETATION:

Coeliac disease is a well-known disorder, characterised by enteropathy and malabsorption causing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea and failure to thrive. Enteropathy and specific malnutrition may occur in the total absence of gastrointestinal symptoms.

PMID:
10833962
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