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Laënnec's cirrhosis

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Cirrhosis of the liver - without jaundice - seen in chronic alcoholism and malnutrition. However, it may also affect sniffers and others exposed to toxic substances. In other parts of the world cirrhosis of the liver is mostly due to infections of the liver. Very long list of symptoms and signs include anorexia, fatigability; later nausea, emesis, diarrhoea, abdominal pain. Prevalent in males. Onset insidious; becomes systematic usually at 50 years of age


  • R. T. Laënnec:
    De l'auscultation médiate, ou traité du diagnostic des maladies des poumons et du coeur.
    2 volumes. Paris, 1819.

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