iatrogenesis

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(ī-a″trō-jen′ĕ-sĭs )

[iatro- + genesis]
Any injury or illness that occurs because of medical care. Some examples: chemotherapy used to treat cancer may cause nausea, vomiting, hair loss, or depressed white blood cell counts. The use of a Foley catheter for incontinence can create a urinary tract infection and urinary sepsis. In the U.S., 0.67% of patients admitted to a hospital die because of health care associated error.
iatrogenic (ī-a″trŏ-jen′ik ), adj.

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