Basic Summary for Whipple's Disease


Main name of condition: Whipple's Disease
Other names or spellings: Whipple Disease

What is Whipple's Disease?
  Brief description of Whipple's Disease: Rare malabsorption disease from bacterial digestive infection
  Parent types of Whipple's Disease: Digestive Diseases, Bacterial diseases
  Organs Affected by Whipple's Disease: digestive, small intestine
Who gets Whipple's Disease?
  Patient Profile for Whipple's Disease: Mostly men age 30-60
  Gender Profile for Whipple's Disease: More men than women
How serious is Whipple's Disease?
  Prognosis of Whipple's Disease: Good once diagnosed and treated. Poor if untreated.
  Prognosis of Whipple's Disease: Symptoms usually disappear after 1 to 3 months of treatment. Because relapse is common even after successful treatment, the health care team may continue to observe patients for some time. 1
  Complications of Whipple's Disease: see complications of Whipple's Disease
What causes Whipple's Disease?
  Causes of Whipple's Disease: Whipple's disease is caused by bacteria. It can affect any system of the body, but occurs most often in the small intestine. The disease causes lesions on the wall of the small intestine and thickening of the tissue. The villi--tiny, finger-like protrusions from the wall that help absorb nutrients--are destroyed. 1
  Class of Condition for Whipple's Disease: bacterial
  Causes of Whipple's Disease: see causes of Whipple's Disease
What are the symptoms of Whipple's Disease?
  Symptoms of Whipple's Disease: see symptoms of Whipple's Disease
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Whipple's Disease: see treatments for Whipple's Disease

1. excerpt from Whipple's Disease: NIDDK

Last revision: June 26, 2003

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