Plummer-Vinson syndrome

Pronunciation: (PLUH-mer-VIN-sun SIN-drome)

A disorder marked by anemia caused by iron deficiency, and a web-like growth of membranes in the throat that makes swallowing difficult. Having Plummer-Vinson syndrome may increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Also called Paterson-Kelly syndrome and sideropenic dysphagia.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms