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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 170760, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/170760
Case Report

Cardiomyopathy Associated with Celiac Disease in Childhood

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mother and Child Health Care Institute, Radoja Dakica 4-6, Belgrade 11070, Serbia

Received 9 August 2012; Accepted 20 September 2012

Academic Editors: H. Akiho, T. Hirata, F. H. Mourad, and H. Sugimura

Copyright © 2012 Aleksandra Boskovic et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Celiac disease is predominantly a disease of the small intestine characterized by chronic malabsorption in genetically susceptible individuals who ingest grains containing gluten, such as wheat, barley, and rye. Although previously believed to be uncommon, celiac disease may be present in up to 1% of the adult and children population. Celiac disease is associated frequently with iron-deficiency anemia, dermatitis herpetiformis, selective IgA deficiency, thyroid disorders, diabetes mellitus, and various connective tissue disorders but is rarely associated with cardiomyopathy.