MAX H. WEIL, M.D.; ANANDA S. PRASAD, M.D.
A relationship between polycythemia and obesity became apparent to us during observation of a massively obese patient who had serious renal, hepatic and cardiorespiratory disturbances, as well as marked polycythemia. Polycythemia and the other disturbances were remarkably reversed in this patient by dietary weight reduction without any other therapy.1, 2 Baez Villaseñor and his co-workers3 had previously described a 5% incidence of polycythemia in a group of 240 obese patients studied in Mexico. Incidental reference to the presence of obesity in cases of atypical erythremia and the observation of unusual plethora in obese individuals were made by several other authors.4-6
WEIL MH, PRASAD AS. POLYCYTHEMIA OF OBESITY: FURTHER STUDIES OF ITS MECHANISM AND A REPORT OF TWO ADDITIONAL CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;46:60–67. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-1-60
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(1):60-67.
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