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Gastroenterology. 1981 Jun;80(6):1465-7.

Thrombocytosis in Whipple's disease.


Three men with Whipple's disease had platelet counts of 729,000-1,142,000 per mm3, which fell to normal as their illness responded to antibiotic therapy. Reports on Whipple's disease and hospital charts from the largest published series reveal thrombocytosis in 11 of the 24 patients whose counts were recorded. The prevalence of anemia, marrow infiltration, and classic manifestations of Whipple's disease did not differ between patients with and without thrombocytosis. The thrombocytosis of Whipple's disease is similar to that of celiac sprue, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.

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