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Whipples disease complicated by a retinal Jarisch Herxheimer reaction: a case report


Playford, RJ and Schulenburg, E and Herrington, CS and Hodgson, HJF, Whipples disease complicated by a retinal Jarisch Herxheimer reaction: a case report, Gut: An International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 33, (1) pp. 132-134. ISSN 0017-5749 (1992) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1136/gut.33.1.132


A 36 year old white man was diagnosed as having Whipple's disease after a prolonged illness of lethargy, night sweats, and weight loss associated with lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly. Biopsy specimen of an inguinal lymph node confirmed the presence of periodic acid Schiff positive macrophages and culture gave a pure growth of Corynebacteriuum jeikeium. Twelve hours after the introduction of oral co-trimoxazole and streptomycin the patient's condition deteriorated. He became confused, feverish, and developed florid retinal vasculitis with associated visual impairment. Both the systemic symptoms and the retinal vasculitis responded to treatment with corticosteroids and his vision returned to normal. We think this was a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction not previously described in Whipple's disease and advise inspection of the fundi of such patients before starting treatment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Gastroenterology and hepatology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Playford, RJ (Professor Ray Playford)
ID Code:72827
Year Published:1992
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-09-01
Last Modified:2011-09-05

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