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Whipple's is also hard to diagnose. It's symptoms are common to many other diseases, and not all the classic symptoms of the disease are found in all patients. Although treatment is with antibiotics, short term therapy that would be effective against any other bacterial infection will only slow the progress of the disease, not eliminate it. The only sure way to confirm the disease is to take an intestinal [[biopsy]], which will always show the disease if it is present.
 
Whipple's is also hard to diagnose. It's symptoms are common to many other diseases, and not all the classic symptoms of the disease are found in all patients. Although treatment is with antibiotics, short term therapy that would be effective against any other bacterial infection will only slow the progress of the disease, not eliminate it. The only sure way to confirm the disease is to take an intestinal [[biopsy]], which will always show the disease if it is present.
   
Once diagnosed, Whipple's can be treated with most common antibiotics, even [[penicillin]]. However, to prevent relapse, the patient must take the antibiotics consistently for a period of at least one year, preferably two - well after symptoms disappear. Patients who stop antibiotic therapy after less than a year generally have a relapse rate of 40%.
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Once diagnosed, Whipple's can be treated with most common antibiotics, even [[penicillin]]. However, to prevent relapse, the patient must take the antibiotics consistently for a period of at least one year, preferrably two - well after symptoms disappear. Patients who stop antibiotic therapy after less than a year generally have a relapse rate of 40%.
   
 
[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001258/ Whipple's disease at NIH]
 
[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001258/ Whipple's disease at NIH]
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[http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/whipples-disease/DS00757 Whipple's disease at Mayo Clinic]
 
[http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/whipples-disease/DS00757 Whipple's disease at Mayo Clinic]
[[Category:Diseases|Whipple's disease]]
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