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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


Paterson-Kelly syndrome  listen  (PA-ter-sun-KEH-lee SIN-drome)

  A disorder marked by anemia caused by iron deficiency, and a web-like growth of membranes in the throat that makes swallowing difficult. Having Paterson-Kelly syndrome may increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Also called Plummer-Vinson syndrome and sideropenic dysphagia.