Brill-Symmers disease

Alternative eponyms

Related people

A lymphoma characterized by the combined proliferation of lymphoblasts and reticulum cells within lymphoid follicles, resulting in an increase in the number and size of germinal follicles.

Description

A lymphoma characterized by the combined proliferation of lymphoblasts and reticulum cells within lymphoid follicles, resulting in an increase in the number and size of germinal follicles. The course is initially benign but there is often malignant transformation. It may occur at any age (middle-aged individuals being most commonly affected), beginning insidiously with painless enlargement of superficial lymph nodes that are followed by splenomegaly, fever, debility, weight loss, and anaemia.

This no longer commonly used eponymic term denotes a «clinohistologic» entity which is no longer considered distinct but is classified into the broader category of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas.

Bibliography

  • N. E. Brill, G. Baehr, N. Rosenthal:
    Generalized giant follicle hyperplasia of lymph nodes and spleen. A hitherto undescribed type.
    Journal of the American Medical Association, Chicago, 1925, 84, 668-671.
  • D. Symmers:
    Follicular lymphadenopathy with splenomegaly: a newly recognized disease of the lymphatic system. Archives of Pathology, Chicago, 1927, 3: 816-820.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

What is Whonamedit?

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.

Disclaimer:

Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.