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Glossary: Plummer-Vinson syndrome, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Plummer-Vinson syndrome

(PLUH-mer-VIN-sun SIN-drome)

A disorder marked by anemia caused by iron deficiency, and a web-like growth of membranes in the throat that makes swallowing difficult. Having Plummer-Vinson syndrome may increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Also called Paterson-Kelly syndrome and sideropenic dysphagia.

2004-08-24