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Romberg-Wood syndrome (Ernst von Romberg)

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A syndrome of dyspnoea, effort syncope, angina pectoris, and fatigue, seen in otherwise healthy individuals after exertion, cold exposure, or excitement, or spontaneously. Raynaud’s phenomenon occasionally associated. Female to male ratio 5:1 (in childhood equal incidence); onset usually between 12 to 40 years of age. Death usually occurs within 4 to 5 years from onset of symptoms. Both autosomal dominant and recessive inheritance reported.


  • E. Romberg:
    Über Sklerose der Lungenarterie.
    Deutsches Archiv für klinische Medicin, Leipzig, 1891-1892, 48: 197-206.
  • P. Wood:
    Pulmonary hypertension.
    Modern Concepts of Cardiovascular Disease, 1959, 28: 513-518.

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