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Research in Pediatrics & Neonatology

Plummer Vinson Syndrome in an Adolescent Male: A Rare Case

  • Open or CloseShivaramakrishna Babji N1* and Vijayalakshmi B2

    1 Department of Pediatrics, PK Das Institute of Medical Sciences, India

    2 Department of Pediatrics, NRI Medical College, India

    *Corresponding author: Shivaramakrishna Babji N, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, PK Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Vaniamkulam, Kerala, India

Submission: December 15, 2017; Published: August 09, 2018

ISSN : 2576-9200
Volume2 Issue4


Plummer-vinson syndrome (PVS) is defined by the classic triad of dysphagia, iron deficiency anemia and esophageal web(s) [1]. The dysphagia is usually painless and intermittent or progressive over years, limited to solids and sometimes associated with weight loss [1]. Furthermore, it is characterized by glossitis, angular cheilitis and koilonychia (spoon shaped finger nails or brittle nails) [2]. Most of the patients affected are middle aged women and it is very rare in childhood and adolescence [3,4]. One of the most important clinical aspects of PVS is its association with upper alimentary tract cancers especially squamous cell carcinoma [1].

Keywords: Plummer-vinson syndrome; Adolescent boy; Iron deficiency anemia; Esophageal web; Balloon dilatation

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