Whipple’s disease is a type of malabsorption disease which interferes with the ability of the body to absorb certain nutrients. Symptoms tend to vanish after 1 to 3 months of getting treatment. Once the treatment is complete, the health care team can continue to observe the patient for a while.
Whipple’s disease can cause some complications, such as the following:
Malabsorption: this is a condition in which the body does not absorb the nutrients from food inside the small intestine. Malabsorption can be caused by a wide range of disorders or diseases such as celiac disease, chronic pancreatitis, chronic liver disease, Cronh’s disease and lactose intolerance. Some other conditions that can cause malabsorption include surgeries such as gastrectomy or gastric bypass.
Arthritis: this is a general term that is used for more than 100 diseases that lead to inflammation, stiffness, septic arthritis and osteoarthritis. Arthritis can be caused by a wear and tear of the bones in old age. It can also be caused to young adults and in rare cases, even children because of the lack of calcium in the bones.
Heart failure: also called congestive heart failure, this is a serious condition in which the heart muscle has been severely damaged. Although despite this condition, the heart beats continue, it is too weak to pump sufficient amount of oxygen to and from the lungs as well as the rest of the body.
Death: if Whipple’s disease is not treated on time, it can cause untimely death.
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