Iatrogenic

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

Iatrogenic is used for something that results from the actions of physicians, surgeons, or other caregivers, e.g. nurses 1.

It is usually used in the context of describing a possible cause of a finding/diagnosis. Anything caused by any form of diagnostic test or treatment (including medication, radiotherapy and surgery) may be described as iatrogenic, e.g. a pneumothorax occurring as a sequela of thoracentesis could be described as iatrogenic. It is immaterial if the sequela is intended or not.

History and etymology

Iatrogenic is derived from the Ancient Greek roots ιατρος (iatros) meaning physician and γεν (gen) meaning producing 1.

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rID: 61858
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Iatrogenically
  • Iatrogenesis

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