Lady Windermere syndrome


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La·dy Win·der·mere syn·drome

(lā'dē win'dĕr-mēr sin'drŏm)
Nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease in frail women, usually elderly, often with pectus excavatum or scoliosis. Features include pulmonary infiltrates, involvement of the lingula or middle lobe, and absence of predisposing disease. It is caused primarily by the Mycobacterium avium complex and is most commonly seen after age 50 years in white women and women of Asian ancestry.
[fr. the main character in Oscar Wilde's play, Lady Windermere's Fan]
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Subsequent diagnosis showed she had Lady Windermere syndrome, a lung infection related to bronchiectasis (BE), a chronic airway disease.
In 1992, two researchers coined the term Lady Windermere syndrome, which comes from a character in an Oscar Wilde Victorian-era play.