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Plummer-Vinson syndrome – a rare presentation in a child

  • N. J. Mansell (a1), P. Jani (a2) and C. M. Bailey (a3)

Plummer-Vinson (Paterson, Brown-Kelly) syndrome refers to the association of iron-deficiency anaemia with dysphagia secondary to a post-cricoid web. Only seven cases of Plummer-Vinson syndrome in children and adolescents between the ages of 14 and 19 have been reported in the world literature. We report a case of the syndrome occurring in a child of 14 years and provide a short review of the present knowledge concerning the symptom complex.

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Address for correspondence: Mr N. J. Mansell, F.R.C.S., Specialist Registrar in Otolaryngology, Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville, Northampton NN1 5BD.
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