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Whipple’s disease

  • Definition

    Whipple's disease is a rare condition that prevents the small intestines from properly absorbing nutrients. This is called malabsorption.


    Alternative Names

    Intestinal lipodystrophy


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Whipple's disease is caused by infection from bacteria called Tropheryma whippelii. The disorder mainly affects middle-aged white men.

    Whipple's disease is extremely rare. Risk factors are unknown.