refers to the inadvertent adverse effects or complications caused by or resulting from medical treatment or advice.
is clinical when pain, sickness and death result from medical care; it is social when health policies reinforce an industrial organization that generates ill-health; it is cultural and symbolic when medically sponsored behaviour and delusions restrict the vital autonomy of people by undermining their competence in growing up, caring for each other, and aging, or when medical intervention cripples personal responses to pain, disability, impairment, anguish and death.
those that lack any routine "medical" cause, such as hypercalcemia, hyperaldosteronism, aortic coarctation, renovascular disease, renal parenchymal disease, systemic sclerosis, drug iatrogenesis
, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
One such is the concept of iatrogenesis
(Illich, 1991), which refers to the way in which medical diagnosis and treatment can sometimes aggravate illness or injury or lead to other disorders.
A case of cascade iatrogenesis
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Together, these factors may contribute to the development of adverse events in hospitalized older adults, especially the development of cascade iatrogenesis
and geriatric syndromes.
Observations on the claim of iatrogenesis
of MPD: a discussion.
An evaluation for laboratory artifact is recommended whenever initial results suggest the diagnosis of inappropriate TSH secretion, because of the extreme rarity of this condition and the risk of iatrogenesis
in patients with falsely abnormal thyroid function tests (3).
Of most concern are alkylating agents, eg cyclophosphamide and antibiotics, eg doxorubicin, as these induce such significant free radical damage to the genome of the DNA that they greatly increase the risk of iatrogenesis
A quality-of-care analysis of cascade iatrogenesis
in frail elderly hospital patients.
The few patients who provided decontextualized, medicalized reports of symptoms had been implicitly trained to do so by their physicians--a type of communicational iatrogenesis
The word iatrogenesis
is defined as "secondary health conditions caused by the side effects of a medication taken to treat an unrelated illness.