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Is multiple sclerosis (MS) related to celiac disease (CD)?

Neuropathic Celiac Disease (CD), a result of gluten intolerance that manifests as central nervous system white matter abnormalities, is sometimes compared to lesions caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). Although this comparison is inconclusive, recent research does suggest genetic similarities between CD and MS. A gluten-free diet is often a life-long, medically imperative prescription for individuals with CD. Could it also prove beneficial for MS? The answer to this question remains unclear, but some researchers believe that MS patients suffer from a neurological complication of undiagnosed celiac disease. As with MS, about 5 percent of celiac patients experience some form of nerve damage.

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