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Ask the Doc: Tics and celiac?

Q. I’ve seen “neurological symptoms” listed as a possible symptom of celiac and gluten intolerance –are tics one of these possible “neurological symptoms”? My four year old is currently undergoing testing for celiac, but she also has begun to exhibit frequent and significant tics.

A. It is possible that the tics are related to celiac disease. Neurologic involvement in celiac disease is the slowest to resolve, as nerve tissue regenerates very slowly, so be patient with the gluten-free diet. You should also consult with a pediatric neurologist, as there may be symptomatic relief available while you await resolution of the problem.

Health and happiness,
Dr. Aron

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