Historical Clinicopathological Conference 2005 : Christopher Columbus
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Other TitlesHistorical Clinicopathological Conference: The Crippled Dove
DescriptionThe death of Christopher Columbus was the subject of the 2005 conference. From the age of 41, the explorer suffered from recurrent bouts of “gout” so painful that he was forced to rest for lengthy periods of time. Sea voyages and cold weather seemed to exacerbate the condition. Columbus’ health history, the symptoms of “gout”, and a description of his death at the age of 54 are presented. Dr. Arnett’s diagnosis is that the seafarer suffered from HLA-B27-related reactive arthritis precipitated by recurrent infection.
Alterative Diagnosis: Parrot fever. Reference: Arnett FC, et al. Am] Med Sci 2006; 332: 123-30
SponsorsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine
VA Maryland Health Care System (U.S.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine. Medical Alumni Association
Kramer, Morton D., M.D.
KeywordColumbus, Christopher--Death and burial
Cause of Death