Medical Definition of Cardiopathia nigra
Sclerosis of the pulmonary arteries in chronic cor pulmonale; associated with severe cyanosis, it is a condition resembling polycythemia vera but resulting from primary pulmonary arteriosclerosis or primary pulmonary hypertension and characterised by plexiform lesions of arterioles.
Synonym: Ayerza's disease, cardiopathia nigra, plexogenic pulmonary arteriopathy.
(05 Mar 2000)
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