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How come I have whipples disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

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David Miller
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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