absolute contraindication

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absolute contraindication 


A term of art referring to a reason for not performing a particular diagnostic or therapeutic procedure, which is so compelling that performing the procedure would constitute malpractice.

Examples, absolute contraindications

• Exploratory surgery in a stable, asymptomatic patient with widespread terminal cancer

• Iron supplements in a patient with haemochromatosis

• Giving aspirin to children with a viral infection (risk of Reye syndrome)

Reference Trial 5/00, p45

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