Syndrome, Pickwickian

The combination of obesity, somnolence (sleepiness), hypoventilation (underbreathing), and plethoric (red) face. The syndrome is so named because of the "fat and red-faced boy in a state of somnolency" that Charles Dickens described in his novel, The Pickwick Papers. (The same boy is thought by some experts possibly to have had the Prader-Willi syndrome).

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  • Syndrome de pickwick — Le Syndrome de Pickwick a été décrit en 1956 par C.S.Burwell et ses collaborateurs [1]. Ils comparent alors la maladie du personnage des romans de Dickens, au syndrome d obésité extrême associée à l hypoventilation alvéolaire auquel ils donnent… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Pickwickian syndrome — Pathol. an abnormality characterized by extreme obesity accompanied by sleepiness, hypoventilation, and polycythemia. Also, Pickwick syndrome. [1955 60; named for Joe, a character in Dickens The Pickwick Papers who exhibited symptoms of the… …   Universalium

  • Pickwickian syndrome — The combination of obesity, somnolence (sleepiness), hypoventilation (underbreathing), and plethoric (red) face. The syndrome is so named because of the fat and red faced boy in a state of somnolency that Charles Dickens described in his novel,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Syndrome de Pickwick — The Pickwick Club, titré « The Fat Boy awake » de Dickens Le Syndrome de Pickwick a été décrit en 1956 par C.S.Burwell et ses collaborateurs[1]. Ils comparent alors la maladie du personnag …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Pickwickian syndrome — noun obesity hypoventilation syndrome …   Wiktionary

  • syndrome — The aggregate of symptoms and signs associated with any morbid process, and constituting together the picture of the disease. SEE ALSO: disease. [G. s., a running together, tumultuous concourse; (in med.) a concurrence of symptoms, fr. syn,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Pickwickian syndrome — Pathol. an abnormality characterized by extreme obesity accompanied by sleepiness, hypoventilation, and polycythemia. Also, Pickwick syndrome. [1955 60; named for Joe, a character in Dickens The Pickwick Papers who exhibited symptoms of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome — Classification and external resources Obesity hypoventilation syndrome often improves with positive airway pressure treatment administered overnight by a machine such as this device ICD 10 …   Wikipedia

  • obesity-hypoventilation syndrome — a complex of obesity, somnolence, hypoventilation, and erythrocytosis; called also pickwickian s …   Medical dictionary

  • The Pickwick Papers — For the 1952 film, see The Pickwick Papers (film). For the 1985 television series, see The Pickwick Papers (1985 television series). The Pickwick Papers   …   Wikipedia

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