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Meyenburg-Altherr-Uehlinger syndrome

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A rare symptom complex involving the articular and nonarticular cartilages, consisting of anaemia, hepatosplenomegaly, and infections that are associated with a number of chronic diseases such as tuberculosis and malnutrition. Frequently affected areas are nose, throat, ears, epiglottis, larynx, trachea, bronchi, hands, feet, spine, joints, and other organs. No sex discrimination. Reported in all ages, but usually appears at 30 to 60 years of age. The aetiology is unknown. Familial occurrence has been reported (autosomal dominant).


  • R. Jaksch-Wartenhorst.:
    Wiener Archiv für innere Medizin, 1923, 6: 93-100.
  • H. von Meyenburg:
    Über Chondromalacia.
    Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift, Basel, 1936, 66: 1239-1240.
  • F. Altherr:
    Über einen Fall von systematisierter Chondromalacie.
    [Zürich] Würzburg, Stürtz, 1936, pp 445-479.
    Also in Virchows Archiv für pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für klinische Medizin, 1936, 297: 445-479.
  • H. Harders, C. Krauspe:
    Über die “systematisierte Chondromalacie” von Meyenburg, Altherr, Uehlinger. '
    Beiträge zur pathologischen Anatomie und zur allgemeinen Pathologie, Jena, 1954, 114: 259-270.

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