PLUMMER VINSON SYNDROME - is it common in males?

Síndrome de Plummer Vinson - é comum em homens?

Satvinder Singh BAKSHI About the author

Background

Plummer-Vinson syndrome is characterized by a triad of dysphagia, iron deficiency anemia and esophageal web. Most of the patients are middle aged women in the fourth to seventh decade of life.

Objective

Very few cases of Plummer-Vinson syndrome affecting males have been reported. Here we report a series of male patients found to be suffering from Plummer-Vinson syndrome.

Methods

Five males presented to us with dysphagia and fatigue of various durations, from April to August, 2012.

Results

These patients were found to have iron deficiency anemia and esophageal web on subsequent investigations and were treated successfully with oral iron therapy.

Conclusion

Plummer-Vinson syndrome is common in both males and females and can be successfully treated with oral iron therapy. The patients have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal malignancies and should be thoroughly evaluated for the same.

Plummer-Vinson syndrome; Iron deficiency; Anemia; Deglutition disorders; Men's health


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