Curious case of chilblains being the only symptom of coeliac disease

Canadian doctors report on how a gluten-free diet cleared-up the lesions

Severe chilblains were the only symptom of coeliac disease for a 12-year-old girl, whose mother made the suggestion to test for the autoimmune disorder, a case report shows. 


The girl had experienced chilblains for five years before being referred to the dermatology department at a Montreal hospital, the Canadian doctors said. 

Painful lesions at the tip of her fingers, toes (pictured) and ears had been intensifying, occurring annually from October to mid-April when the weather was cold.