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Eur J Echocardiogr. 2008 May;9(3):426-7. doi: 10.1093/ejechocard/jen022. Epub 2008 Mar 30.

Cardiac complications in Whipple's disease.

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Department of Cardiology, Klinik Koesching, University Heidelberg, Krankenhausstr. 19, D-85092 Koesching, Germany. alexander_hansen@klinik-koesching.de

Abstract

Whipple's disease or intestinal lipodystrophy is an infection induced by Tropheryma whipplei. It is rare with an estimated incidence of 0.4 per million. Symptoms are arthropathy, weight loss, and diarrhoea, but other organs notably the central nervous system may be affected. We demonstrate a case of cardiac complications in Whipple's disease. The patient presented with endocardial infiltrations on TEE examinations and heart failure and improved after antibiotic treatment.

PMID:
18490346
DOI:
10.1093/ejechocard/jen022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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