poor surgical candidate

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poor surgical candidate 

SURGERY

A self-explanatory term for a patient who is far less likely to withstand the rigours of a surgical intervention and derive objective benefit therefrom than would a healthier patient.

Factors that make poor surgical candidates Poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension, bleeding disorders, prior myocardial infarction, severe emphysema, terminal cancer, advanced AIDS, etc. 

Synonym Unstable patient 

Note: Not to be confused with financially strapped surgical candidate

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