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Double trouble: a case of an ataxic young man with coeliac disease and cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis
  1. Jordan Burgess1,
  2. Diba Behzad-Noori2,
  3. Cheryl Longman3 and
  4. Kathryn Brennan1
  1. 1Neurology, NHS Glasgow and Clyde South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Medical School, King's College London, London, UK
  3. 3Genetics, NHS Glasgow and Clyde South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jordan Burgess; jordan.burgess{at}


We present the case of a 29-year-old south Asian man born of consanguineous marriage, presenting with ataxia, peripheral neuropathy and cognitive impairment. An initial diagnosis of coeliac disease was thought to explain the pertinent clinical features; however, further investigation led to an additional diagnosis of the rare yet treatable autosomal recessive condition, cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis. With both conditions employing highly diverse and overlapping clinical phenotypes, this contributed to a delay in diagnosis. Our report highlights the importance of paying close attention to both the clinical phenotype and family history.

  • neurology (drugs and medicines)
  • coeliac disease
  • neurology
  • clinical neurophysiology
  • neuro genetics

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  • Contributors All authors have contributed to the planning, conduct and reporting of the work described in the article. JB and D-BN: principle writers of the case report manuscript. CL: significant contribution to the genetic analysis involved in the case report. CL has also proofread the case report and provided feedback. KB was the supervisor consultant who has been involved in all aspects of the case report. She has proofread the report and provided essential feedback with regards to content and clarity of the case report.

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