Two cases of whipple’s disease
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Two cases are presented that clinically correspond to the description of Whipple’s disease or lipodystrophy intestinalis.
This condition seems to be an entity that is diagnosable from the hepaticobiliary and pancreatic conditions in which steatorrhea occurs.
It is suggested that the short Gram positive bacilli (they could not be identified) and the phage-like bodies in the stools may be of diagnostic value in this condition.
The course of the disease is downward in all of the cases described in the literature.
The blood in these cases so far as the anemia is concerned responds promptly to whole blood transfusions and seems to remain high after about six of 500 cc. quantities.
In the classification of chronic diarrheal conditions, this disease should be mentioned.