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Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997
From: Ron Hoggan
Subject: Re: seizures

On Wed, 30 Jul 1997 19:33:10 -0700, Linda (goldi at imperium.net) wrote:

>My four year old daughter had a seizure episode about six weeks ago.

Hi Linda,
I would like to suggest that you consider getting her tested for celiac disease. There is an associated epilepsy that, if caught quickly, will completely resolve on appropriate treatment of celiac disease...... a gluten-free diet.

Many cases are not caught very quickly, as celiac disease is taught as a gastrointestinal disease, not a neurological one. I will append some references. Blood testing at her age is not as accurate as it is for older kids or adults, so the endoscopic biopsy is the best bet.

Of course, she may not have celiac disease. But if there is a chance for her to experience total recovery, I think it is a possibility worth investigating. As you can see from the dates of the reports, knowledge of the association is very new.

I hope that is helpful.

Best Wishes,
Ron Hoggan

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