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Doença de Whipple e sistema nervoso central.

By Pedro Abreu, Elsa Azevedo, Luís Lobo, Conceição Souto Moura and Celso Pontes

Abstract

Whipple disease (WD) is a rare systemic infection caused by the bacteria Tropheryma whipplei. Slowly progressive dementia, supranuclear ophthalmoplegia, headache, myoclonus, hypothalamic dysfunction, oculomasticatory-skeletal myorythmia are characteristic manifestations when WD involves the central nervous system (CNS). Treatment of cerebral WD should be performed with antibiotics that reach the CNS for at the least one-year. We alert for the early diagnosis of WD in patients with exclusively neurological clinical pictures, sometimes with atypical or non-definitive diagnosis, because it is a potential treatable disease.Whipple disease (WD) is a rare systemic infection caused by the bacteria Tropheryma whipplei. Slowly progressive dementia, supranuclear ophthalmoplegia, headache, myoclonus, hypothalamic dysfunction, oculomasticatory-skeletal myorythmia are characteristic manifestations when WD involves the central nervous system (CNS). Treatment of cerebral WD should be performed with antibiotics that reach the CNS for at the least one-year. We alert for the early diagnosis of WD in patients with exclusively neurological clinical pictures, sometimes with atypical or non-definitive diagnosis, because it is a potential treatable disease

Publisher: Ordem dos Médicos
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:ojs.www.actamedicaportuguesa.com:article/1023
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