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Presse Med. 2001 Oct 27;30(31 Pt 1):1549-51.

[Whipple disease associated with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction after antibiotic therapy].

[Article in French]

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Service de Médecine interne, Hôpital de Meulan-Les Mureaux, 1 rue du Fort, F78250 Meulan. sylvie.peschard@free.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pulmonary hypertension is an uncommon feature of Whipple's disease and the underlying pathophysiological mechanism remains a subject of debate.

CASE REPORT:

A 57-year-old woman was hospitalized for exploration of migrating joint pain that had developed for 5 years. Histologically proven Whipple's disease was diagnosed on duodenal biopsies. The lung angiogram performed to explore signs of right heart failure demonstrated pulmonary hypertension and ruled out pulmonary embolism. Abundant pericardial effusion developed progressively. Antibiotic therapy using sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprime led to a systemic Jarisch Herxheilmer reaction. The pulmonary hypertension resolved rapidly, the pericardial effusion more slowly.

DISCUSSION:

The pulmonary hypertension in this patient appeared to be directly related to Whipple's disease, probably via vascular infiltration by Tropheryma whippeli.

PMID:
11721494
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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