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Whipple's bacillus

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Tropheryma whippelli. Infection with this bacterium is found consistently in infected tissues of patients with Whipple's disease. The name Tropheryma was derived from Greek trophi (nourishment) and eryma (barriers) because of the malabsorption syndrome this bacterium causes. The name Tropheryma whippelli was proposed in 1992 by David A. Relman. David Relman is (2006) Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Microbiology and Immunology Veterans Administration Medical Center Palo Alto, California.


  • D. A. Relman, T. M. Schmidt, R. P. MacDernmott, and S. Falkow:
    Identification of the uncultured bacillus of Whipple's disease.
    The New England Journal of Medicine, 1992, 327: 293-301.

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