An unusual spinal presentation of Whipple disease

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2001 May;22(5):1004-8.


When Whipple disease (WD) is confined to the CNS, diagnosis may be difficult. We report a case of WD with spinal presentation in an otherwise healthy woman who had a 5-year history of relapsing-remitting cervico-thoracic myelopathy. We suggest that the diagnosis of WD should be considered in the presence of an enlarged and enhancing spinal cord even in the absence of any systemic involvement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cervical Vertebrae
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / diagnosis
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / etiology*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae
  • Whipple Disease / complications*
  • Whipple Disease / diagnosis