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Weil's disease

noun \ ˈvī(ə)lz- , ˈwī(ə)lz- \

medical Definition of Weil's disease

:a severe form of leptospirosis that is characterized by jaundice, chills, fever, muscle pain, shortness of breath, and chest pain and that is caused by a spirochete of the genus Leptospira (L. interrogans, especially serotype icterohaemorrhagiae)
Note: If left untreated, Weil's disease may cause life-threatening damage to the brain, kidneys, lungs, liver, or heart.
called also leptospiral jaundice, Weil's syndrome

Biographical Note for weil's disease

  • Weil \ˈvī(ə)l\, Adolf (1848–1916), German physician. Weil held professorships in Berlin and later in Tartu, Estonia. In 1886 he published a classic description of a type of leptospirosis characterized by jaundice, nephritis, muscular pain, fever, and enlargement of the spleen and liver. The disease had been described originally by an English physician some 23 years before.

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