Whipple Disease

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Definition

Whipple disease is a systematic and rare disease which is often described as a gastrointestinal disorder that causes mal-absorption and affect other part of the including the heart, lungs, brain and eyes.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis and confirmation of the medical condition and disease is made through the use intestinal biopsy, immunohistochemical staining for antibodies against the bacteria Tropheryma whipple and a confirmatory PCR-based assay. Endoscopy and x-ray are also used to confirm the medical condition.

Treatment

Treatment of Whipple disease includes oral administration and maintenance of penicillin, ampicillin, tetracycline or the co-trimoxazole for at least one to two years.

Symptoms and Signs

Its symptoms includes arthritis, malabsorption, accumulation of fatty deposits in lymph nodes of the intestine, lymphadenopathy, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and melanoderma. It may also show pedular vergence oscillations or the eyes and synchronous contractions of the masticatory muscles (Schwartz MA, Selhorst JB, Ochs AL, et al. Oculomasticatory myorhythmia: a unique movement disorder occurring in Whipple's disease. Ann Neurol 1986;20:677-683.[Medline]).

Causes

Whipple disease is a disease that is caused by the bacteria Tropheryma whipple (Pu╬śchal X (2002). "Whipple's disease". Joint Bone Spine 69 (2): 133-40).

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