Whipple's disease is a rare disorder associated with lymphatic obstruction. It is associated with impaired absorption from the intestinal tract. Many organ systems may be involved. While once thought to be invariably fatal, Whipple's disease is now known to respond to antibiotic therapy, often with clinical remission.
Causes of Whipple's Disease
The cause of Whipple's disease is thought to be a gram negative bacteria, Tropheryma Whippelii.
Signs and Symptoms of Whipple's Disease
The clinical symptoms associated with Whipple's disease include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and joint pains. Lumps in the groin, armpit and neck may occur along with low grade fever. Occasionally, the nervous system may be involved, leading to confusion, memory loss, double vision and facial weakness.
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