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Whipple disease

Pronunciation: wip'el

Definition: a rare condition characterized by steatorrhea, frequently generalized lymphadenopathy, arthritis, fever, and cough; many “foamy” macrophages are found in the jejunal lamina propria; caused by Tropheryma whippleii. May lead to progressive malnutrition, dementia, and if untreated, death.

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