Idiopathic edema in a male

I. Weinberger, J. Fuchs, Z. Rotenberg, A. Erdberg, J. Agmon

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A 15-year-old boy who suffered from leg edema of unknown origin is described. The exclusion of any other cause for the edema, the clinical features, and the results of the dynamic tests performed suggested the diagnosis of 'idiopathic edema', a syndrome described previously in women only. Spironolactone therapy brought about the disappearance of the edema and enabled the patient to return to his normal activities. This case report suggests that 'idiopathic edema' is a syndrome common to both sexes and is therefore not related to estrogen disturbances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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