Central Nervous System Involvement as Relapse in Undiagnosed Whipple’s Disease with Atypical Symptoms at Onset
Ioannis Zalonis, Foteini Christidi*, Constantin Potagas, Michalis Rentzos, Ioannis Evdokimidis , Evangelia Kararizou
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2015
First Page: 21
Last Page: 23
Publisher Id: TONEUJ-9-21
Article History:Received Date: 29/9/2014
Revision Received Date: 10/3/2015
Acceptance Date: 25/5/2015
Electronic publication date: 26/6/2015
Collection year: 2015
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Whipple’s disease (WD) is a rare systemic disease caused by the gram-positive bacillus Tropheryma Whipplei and mostly characterized by arthralgias, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, fever and abdominal pain. Central Nervous System involvement is not uncommon and it may precede other disease manifestations, appear after treatment and improvement of gastrointestinal signs or rarely be the only WD symptom. We report a case in a middle-aged male with unexplained neurological signs and symptoms which were presented as relapse of previously undiagnosed WD with atypical symptoms at onset. After diagnosis confirmation, the patient was appropriately treated which resulted in improvement of major symptoms.