Diathesis (medicine)

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In medicine and allied fields, diathesis (from Greek διάθεσις) is a hereditary or constitutional predisposition to a disease or other disorder.[1]

Atopic diathesis is a predisposition to develop one or more of hay fever, allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, or atopic dermatitis.[2]

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  1. ^ Andersen, Paul Kent (1994). Empirical studies in diathesis. Nodus Publikationen. ISBN 9783893232574. 
  2. ^ Sehgal, Virendra N. (2004). Textbook of Clinical Dermatology. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers. p. 26. Retrieved 15 April 2013.