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Waldenström's syndrome

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A hereditary disorder characterized by abdominal pain associated with distension, constipation, and vomiting, leading to weight loss and severe emaciation.

Description

A hereditary disorder, transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait, characterized by abdominal pain associated with distension, constipation, and vomiting, leading to weight loss and severe emaciation. In 1937 Jan Waldenström described over one hundred patients with acute porphyria, most of whom originated from a small village in Northern Sweden (Waldenström 1937).

Bibliography

  • J. Waldenström:
    Studien über Porphyrie.
    Dissertation. Acta Medica Scandinavica, Stockholm, 1937; supplement 82: 1-254.
  • J. Waldenström:
    The porphyrias as inborn errors of metabolism.
    The American Journal of Medicine, 1957, 22: 758-773.

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