Plummer-Vinson syndrome

Plummer-Vinson syndrome, also known as the Paterson-Brown-Kelly syndrome, predisposes to hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma and consists of four features:

  1. dysphagia
  2. iron-deficiency anaemia
  3. weight loss
  4. oesophageal webs or hypopharyngeal webs

The condition is more common in women and is a recognised risk factor for post cricoid hypopharyngeal carcinoma.


Oesophageal pathology
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rID: 9612
Section: Syndromes
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Paterson-Brown syndrome
  • Paterson-Brown-Kelly syndrome

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