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Zellweger syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Cerebrohepatorenal syndrome
  • CHR
  • Zellweger leukodystrophy
  • ZS
  • ZWS
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How and when did Zellweger Syndrome get its name?

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How and when did Zellweger syndrome get its name?

In 1964, Bowen et al. described 2 families, each with 2 siblings seeming to have a syndrome with features consistent with what is now termed Zellweger syndrome. In 1969, Opitz et al. described other cases, and suggested that only 1 of the 2 sets of siblings previously reported by Bowen et al. (the pair contributed by Hans Zellweger) had the syndrome (although in a 2004 review, Wanders noted that both families had the syndrome). In 1969, Opitz et al. suggested the eponym 'Zellweger syndrome.'[1]
Last updated: 12/7/2014

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Cerebrohepatorenal syndrome
  • CHR
  • Zellweger leukodystrophy
  • ZS
  • ZWS
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.