Celiac Crisis in an Adult: Raising Awareness to a Life-Threatening Condition

  • Rogerio Vicente Ferreira Internal Medicine Department, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre
  • Rui Pina Internal Medicine Department, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre
  • Nelson Carvalho Internal Medicine Department, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre
  • Armando Carvalho Internal Medicine Department, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre

Keywords

Celiac Crisis, Celiac Disease, Severe Diarrhea

Abstract

Objectives: The Authors report the case of a 56-year-old man with celiac disease, who after ingesting a food containing gluten and experiencing a flu-like syndrome, developed severe diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss (15 kg), hypotension, renal dysfunction, hypokalemia and metabolic acidosis.

Materials and methods: Admission to the Intensive Care Unit and exclusion of an infectious cause was determined.

Results: After receiving noradrenaline, methylprednisolone and correction of ionic disturbances, the patient recovered rapidly and had no further complication.

Conclusion: The Authors intend to increase awareness of celiac crisis, because despite being extremely rare in adults, it is potentially fatal and an quick diagnosis and treatment are crucial.

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  • Published: 2016-02-18

    Issue: Vol 3 No 2 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Ferreira, R., Pina, R., Carvalho, N., & Carvalho, A. (2016). Celiac Crisis in an Adult: Raising Awareness to a Life-Threatening Condition. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 3(2). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2016_000384