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Scand J Rheumatol. 1988;17(5):423-6.

Whipple's disease in a patient with longstanding seronegative polyarthritis.

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Arthritis and Metabolic Bone Disease Research Unit, K.U. Leuven, Belgium.


We describe a middle-aged woman with Whipple's disease. She suffered from a seronegative rheumatoid-like polyarthritis for more than 20 years before the diagnosis of Whipple's disease was made. This case shows that arthritis may be a feature of occult Whipple's disease. Without gastrointestinal symptoms, diagnosis is very difficult. Diagnosis is important because treatment can rapidly improve this life-threatening disease.

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