Causes of Whipple's Disease


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Cause 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

Related information for causes of Whipple's Disease: Further relevant information on causes of Whipple's Disease may be found in the risk factors for Whipple's Disease and underlying causes of Whipple's Disease.

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1. excerpt from Whipple's Disease: NIDDK

Last revision: June 26, 2003

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