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Whipple disease


Other Names for this Disease

  • Intestinal lipodystrophy
  • Intestinal lipophagic granulomatosis
  • Secondary Non-tropical Sprue
  • Tropheryma whippelii infection
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Symptoms

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What symptoms have been associated with Whipple disease?

The gastrointestinal symptoms of Whipple disease include diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, and weakness.[1][2] Arthritis and fever often occur several years before intestinal symptoms develop.[2] Patients may also experience neurological symptoms, including abnormalities of eye and facial muscle movements, confusion, seizures, ataxia, memory loss, and vision impairment.[1]

Last updated: 8/1/2012

References
  1. NINDS Whipple's Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). March 22, 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/whipples/whipples.htm. Accessed 8/1/2012.
  2. Whipple's Disease. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). April 30, 2012; http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/whipple/index.htm. Accessed 8/1/2012.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Intestinal lipodystrophy
  • Intestinal lipophagic granulomatosis
  • Secondary Non-tropical Sprue
  • Tropheryma whippelii infection
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.