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Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

A syndrome characterized by dysphagia, upper esophageal webs, iron deficiency anemia, and glossitis.

Symptoms of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

The following features are indicative of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome:
  • dysphagia
  • atrophic glossitis
  • angular stomatitis
  • odynophagia
  • weakness
  • iron deficiency anemia
  • hypochromic microcytic anemia
  • decreased serum ferritin
It is possible that Plummer-Vinson Syndrome shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

The following are the most common causes of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome:
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • genetic factors

Risk Factors for Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome:
  • squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus and pharynx
  • peak age over 50 years
  • being women

Prevention of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Plummer-Vinson Syndrome. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • intake good nutrition with adequate amount of iron
  • have balanced diet
  • do regular exercise

Occurrence of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Extremely rare less than 1000 cases

Common Age Group

Plummer-Vinson Syndrome most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Plummer-Vinson Syndrome most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Female

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Plummer-Vinson Syndrome:
  • Upper endoscopy: To look for abnormal tissue in the food pipe
  • Iron studies: To confirm iron deficiency
  • Complete blood cell (CBC) counts: To diagnose the condition

Doctor for Diagnosis of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome:
  • Gastroenterologist

Complications of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome if untreated

Yes, Plummer-Vinson Syndrome causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Plummer-Vinson Syndrome is left untreated:
  • perforation of the esophagus
  • esophageal cancer

Self-care for Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome:
  • intake good nutrition with adequate amount of iron
  • have balanced diet
  • do regular exercise

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Plummer-Vinson Syndrome:
  • Intake iron supplementation: Helps in treating the anemia

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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