April 18, 2011 (Monday) - What's in a Name?

A new diagnosis – Aase syndrome. It turns out that aase syndrome is a disease in which there are a range of physical problems and an anaemia caused by an underdeveloped bone marrow. The anaemia can be cured by bone marrow transplantation.

This got me thinking: I know of other anaemias which are only cured that way, one of which is Diamond-Blackfan syndrome. However on further research it seems that aase syndrome is actually the same medical condition as Diamond Blackfan syndrome. All that differs between the diseases is the viewpoint from which you are considering them. Aase syndrome when one considers the physical deformities, Diamond Blackfan syndrome when one considers the anaemia.

I wonder how many other conditions with which I am familiar go by different names when considered by other medically-related professions…?

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