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Whipple’s Disease Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

What Is Whipple’s Disease?

Whipple’s disease is a condition caused by the Tropheryma whippei bacteria. It mainly affects your digestive system and can even spread to other body parts, including eyes, skin, joints, brain, lungs, and heart. This affects the breakdown of foods and the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Though Whipple’s disease is a quite rare condition, it could be life-threatening. Men from 40 to 60 years old are at a higher risk. The number of cases is also higher in areas without proper sanitation and freshwater. There is currently no method to help prevent this disease. [1]