eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome

eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome
eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome n eosinophilia with severe myalgia and often arthralgia, rash, peripheral edema, and cough or dyspnea that occurred esp. in 1989 and 1990 in individuals who made extensive use of L-tryptophan containing a toxic contaminant abbr. EMS called also eosinophilia-myalgia

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a sometimes fatal combined syndrome of eosinophilia and severe generalized myalgia in patients ingesting L-tryptophan, occurring in the absence of infection, neoplasm, or other known causes of eosinophilia; other characteristics may include subjective weakness, fever, arthralgia, shortness of breath, rash, peripheral edema, and pneumonia.

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