Other Names for this Disease
- Intestinal lipodystrophy
- Intestinal lipophagic granulomatosis
- Secondary Non-tropical Sprue
- Tropheryma whippelii infection
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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.