Rare multi-system disorder secondary to chronic bacterial infection. Affecting the gastrointestinal tract most frequently. Chronic infection of the intestinal mucosa with the bacterium Tropheryma whipplei, leads to a lymphostasis; abdominal pain; malabsorption syndrome with diarrhea; and weight loss.
George Hoyt Whipple (1878-1976) was an American physician, pathologist and medical researcher. 1934: Nobel Prize. Whipple disease (1907)