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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Whipples Disease (Overview)

Whipples disease - systemic disease caused by Tropheryma whippelii with malabsorption & possible impact on joints, CNS & cardiovascular system. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whipples-disease/basics/definitio


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Can I die from whipples disease if I ignore it?

Can I die from whipples disease if I ignore it?

Yes: Whipples disease is associated with malabsorption and person could die of malnutrition if it is left untreated. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
6 doctors shared insights

Whipples Disease (Overview)

Whipples disease - systemic disease caused by Tropheryma whippelii with malabsorption & possible impact on joints, CNS & cardiovascular system. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whipples-disease/basics/definitio


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Is there a diagnostic test for whipple's disease?

Is there a diagnostic test for whipple's disease?

See a GI doctor: As it is rare, other diseases should be ruled out first, and then see a GI doctor. Whipple's disease, which most commonly involves small intestine, is diagnosed by taking a biopsy from the lining of the small intestine by using an upper endoscopy. if the tissue sample show macrophages positive for periodic acid-schiff stain, the electron microscopy and then dna testing can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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What's the treatment for somebody with whipples disease?

Antibiotics: You need long term antibiotics to cure any infections of the central nervous system and brain. Usually IV antibiotic followed by an oral abtibiotic for up to a year! sometimes symptoms come back during the treatment and antibiotic change might be needed. Dietary supplements also might be necessary due to malabsorption. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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Can I die from whipples disease if I ignore it?

Yes: Whipples disease is associated with malabsorption and person could die of malnutrition if it is left untreated. ...Read more

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What is whipples disease? How to tell if I have it?

GI infection: Whipple's disease is a bacterial infection of the GI tract that can also effect other body organs and can be very serious if not treated. The diagnosis is made through a small intestine biopsy and special tests on the biopsy specimen for the bacteria that causes whipple's. Antibiotics can usually cure the disease. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Are some people more prone to getting whipples disease?

Are some people more prone to getting whipples disease?

Not yet known...: Referring to a disease caused by t. Whipplei, it is found in the environment such as in sewage water. Research is ongoing with respect to knowing who are more prone to getting whipples disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Whipples disease?

Whipples disease: Whipples disease - systemic disease caused by Tropheryma whippelii with malabsorption & possible impact on joints, CNS & cardiovascular system. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whipples-disease/basics/definitio ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
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Cover nose and mouth
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Avoid unnecessary contact
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Alert providers of contagion
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How come I have whipples disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not genetic: Whipple disease is an extremely rare bacterial disease characterized by joint pain, abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, fatty-stools and profound weight loss. It is thought to be caused by bacteria-like critter called tropheryma whipplei, along with a few other possibilities. It is treated with long-term antibiotics and has a recurrence rate of about 10%. It's can be fatal without treatment. ...Read more

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Possible whipples disease. Would a colonoscopy prove it?

Possible whipples disease. Would a colonoscopy prove it?

Small intestine: A biopsy of the small intestinal mucosa would be a better test than colonoscopy. Examination of the biopsy by a pathologist should settle the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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What's the treatment for somebody with whipples disease?

Antibiotics: You need long term antibiotics to cure any infections of the central nervous system and brain. Usually IV antibiotic followed by an oral abtibiotic for up to a year! sometimes symptoms come back during the treatment and antibiotic change might be needed. Dietary supplements also might be necessary due to malabsorption. ...Read more

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What is whipple's disease?

What is whipple's disease?

Rare gi disorder: Whipples is a very rare disorder of the GI tract that is rarely seen. Would be an unusual diagnosis to see. ...Read more