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Cheshire cat syndrome

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Cheshire Cat


A fanciful term dignifying one of 2 clinical dilemmas–either the patient

(1) Has the classic signs and symptoms of a well-defined and often treatable disease, which is not confirmed by histologic or lab criteria, or

(2) Has a specific condition which has few of its characteristic findings.

In either case, the clinician is left with an animal fancifully analogised to that seen by Alice in Wonderland, who saw a cat’s grin without the cat, making it difficult to convince others of the cat’s existence  

Reference Postgrad Med J. 1968 January; 44(507): 19–22

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