Whipple triad

Whipple triad is the clinical presentation of pancreatic insulinomas and consists of:

  • fasting hypoglycemia (<50 mg/dl)
  • symptoms of hypoglycemia
  • immediate relief of symptoms after the administration of IV glucose

    History and etymology

    As a good piece of trivia, one would suspect that Whipple disease, Whipple triad and Whipple procedure, as they are all sort of clustered around the same region, would all have been named after the same Whipple. In fact there are two Whipples. One for the disease and one for the triad and procedure. 

    It was named after Allen Oldfather Whipple (1881-1963), American surgeon 2

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    Article Information

    rID: 12909
    Section: Syndromes
    Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
    • Whipple triad
    • Triad of Whipple

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