Other Names for this Disease
- Congenital muscular dystrophy with integrin alpha-7 deficiency
- Congenital muscular dystrophy with ITGA7 deficiency
- Intestinal lipodystrophy
- Intestinal lipophagic granulomatosis
- Secondary Non-tropical Sprue
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The gastrointestinal symptoms of Whipple disease include diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, and weakness. Arthritis and fever often occur several years before intestinal symptoms develop. Patients may also experience neurological symptoms, including abnormalities of eye and facial muscle movements, confusion, seizures, ataxia, memory loss, and vision impairment.
Last updated: 8/1/2012
- 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.
- 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.