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Ayerza's disease

noun Ayer·za's disease \ ə-ˈyər-zəz- \

medical Definition of Ayerza's disease

: a complex of symptoms marked especially by cyanosis, dyspnea, polycythemia, and sclerosis of the pulmonary artery

Biographical Note for ayerza's disease

  • Ayerza \ä-ˈyer-sä\, Abel (1861–1918), Argentinean physician. Ayerza was a professor of clinical medicine at the National University of Buenos Aires. In 1901 he studied a case in which cyanosis and sclerosis of the pulmonary vessels appeared during autopsy. He reported his findings only in a lecture. A student, Francisco C. Arrillaga, incorporated the observations into a 1912 thesis and published a full description of the disease in 1925.

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