A 69-year-old woman developed non-convulsive status epilepticus during inpatient investigation for abdominal pain. Initial detailed investigations did not identify the cause of seizures, but a jejunal biopsy and PCR testing in various fluids led to the diagnosis of Whipple’s disease with neurological involvement. The seizures were controlled but she subsequently had moderate cognitive impairment. Whipple’s disease is an important diagnosis, being treatable with antibiotics. Testing for Whipple’s disease is not part of the recommended workup in for status epilepticus, but this case highlights the importance of considering this condition.
- WHIPPLE-S DISEASE
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Contributors ED, MA and IM were involved in the design and conception of the paper. ED wrote the first draft. All authors and co-authors edited, critically revised and approved the final manuscript for submission.
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