Grierson Gopalan Syndrome is or was the name given to a syndrome that was first described as a “burning feet syndrome” by Grierson in 1829 and Gopalan in 1946, both in India. Gopalan’s description was more comprehensive than Grierson’s hence the name of Grierson Gopalan Syndrome. Despite their descriptions, it is not clear what this syndrome is meant to refer to as some use it to cover all causes of ‘burning feet‘. The descriptions originally used by Gopalan and Grierson seem to be mixed with several different possible causes of burning feet. These authors may have in part even been describing what is now known as erythromelalgia.
The term ‘Grierson Gopalan Syndrome’ is still used today, but probably shouldn’t as it is not clear what it is and what the original authors were actually describing. It is used now to refer generally to ‘burning feet’ which are a common problem and has multiple different causes and underlying pathologies. Some use the name just for idiopathic causes of burning feet.
Grierson J. On the burning feet of natives. Transactions of the Medical and Physical Society of Calcutta (2):275–280. 1826
Gopalan C. Burning feet syndrome. Indian Medical Gazette 131:1177. 1946
Journalist with a question about Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome (Podiatry Arena)
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