Celiac disease presenting with low back pain: Do not forget osteomalacia

ULAŞLI A. M., Saracoǧlu M., Genc H., Erdem H. R.

Endocrinologist, vol.20, no.5, pp.222-223, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/ten.0b013e3181f660e9
  • Journal Name: Endocrinologist
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.222-223
  • Keywords: osteomalacia, celiac disease, low back pain, PROXIMAL MYOPATHY
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


A 27-year-old woman presented with low back pain and weakness of lower extremities. Concomitant disc lesions on magnetic resonance imaging and radiculopathic changes detected with electromyography indicated lumbar discopathy. Pain and weakness progressed even after discectomy. She also had osteomalacia as a primary manifestation of celiac disease. She had dramatic improvement of the back pain and weakness with vitamin D and calcium supplementation and a gluten-free diet. Celiac disease can present with osteomalacia and low back pain can result from the complications. Copyright © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.