Ocular involvement in whipple’s disease

Evan J. Selsky, David L. Knox, A. Edward Maumenee, W. Richard Green

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Abstract

A 60-year-old white man with recurrent nondeforming arthritis and no intestinal symptoms developed bilateral vitreous opacities strongly suggestive of Whipple’s disease. He was successfully treated with tetracycline and erythromycin. Thirteen years later, a presumed diagnosis of Whipple’s disease was established by histopathologic observation of macrophages that were distended by periodic acid-Schiff-positive material and the finding of bacilli by electron microscopy in a vitreous aspirate. The characteristics of ocular involvement in Whipple’s disease are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-106
Number of pages4
JournalRetina
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

Keywords

  • Electron microscopy
  • Jejunal biopsy
  • Uveitis
  • Vitreous
  • Vitreous opacities
  • Whipple’s disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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