Iatrogeny in paediatrics: reconsider attitudes.


  • Ema Leal Unidade de Infecciologia, Área de Pediatria Médica, Hospital de Dona Estefânia, Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Maria João Brito
  • Catarina Gouveia
  • Luís Varandas
  • Gonçalo Cordeiro Ferreira




Iatrogeny is a pathologic condition caused in a patient in the different stages of a medical act. In the United States, it is the fourth cause of death but in Portugal, data are not yet available. Though different from medical error, it is still a taboo subject for health care providers. The authors report a case of relational, diagnostic and therapeutic iatrogeny with serious consequences for the patient. Doctors have a fundamental role in reducing morbidity and mortality due to iatrogenic causes; they have the duty to question and reconsider diagnosis and treatments, keeping an alert attitude and self-criticism in order to identify potential iatrogenic interventions or to correct it as soon as possible.


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Leal E, Brito MJ, Gouveia C, Varandas L, Ferreira GC. Iatrogeny in paediatrics: reconsider attitudes. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2011 Apr. 30 [cited 2023 Feb. 7];24(2):375-8. Available from: https://www.actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/1606



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