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Does pickwickian syndrome usually cause many symptoms?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Shortness of breath, difficulty falling asleep and staying awake, and eventually lower extremity swelling (edema) and eventually right heart failure progressing to death.

In brief: Yes

Shortness of breath, difficulty falling asleep and staying awake, and eventually lower extremity swelling (edema) and eventually right heart failure progressing to death.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes...

Pickwickian syndrome results in excessive daytime sleepiness, low oxygen level in your blood, cyanosis or a blue color to lips, fingers, toes, etc.
A classic description is given in the pickwick papers by charles dickens and this is how the syndrome got its name!

In brief: Yes...

Pickwickian syndrome results in excessive daytime sleepiness, low oxygen level in your blood, cyanosis or a blue color to lips, fingers, toes, etc.
A classic description is given in the pickwick papers by charles dickens and this is how the syndrome got its name!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Term; pickwickian syndrome comes from a story & is related to a morbidly obese patient with excessive daytime sleep, redness of face due blood, very likely with shortness of breath upon exertion, leg swelling, slow mentation due increased carbon dioxide in blood & low to borderline oxygenation.

In brief: Yes

Term; pickwickian syndrome comes from a story & is related to a morbidly obese patient with excessive daytime sleep, redness of face due blood, very likely with shortness of breath upon exertion, leg swelling, slow mentation due increased carbon dioxide in blood & low to borderline oxygenation.
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
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Dr. Martin Raff
Charles Dickens was a great observer of people, and described numerous medical illnesses and human behaviors in his novels. Read Pickwick Papers.
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