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medical failure 

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Definition Medical failure is a term of art for a patient who doesn’t respond to a non-interventional therapy used for a non-malignant, but potentially pernicious condition, who, due to this failure, may benefit from surgery.   

As an example, in the continuing controversy between CABG and medical treatment of symptomatic coronary artery disease, if the patient does not respond to conservative– “medical” therapy, the patient’s doctor may then recommend CABG, or another semi-invasive modality–e.g., PCTA. The traditional philosophy is to attempt medical–drugs, change in lifestyle, diet and exercise management when there is no clear benefit of performing surgery for a disease  

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