Pathology: Redundant Phrase

According to Stedman’s Medical Dictionary:

Cirrhosis – A chronic liver disease of highly various etiology characterised by inflammation, degeneration and regeneration in differing proportions; pathologic hallmark is formation of microscopic or macroscopic nodules separated by bands of fibrous tissue; impairment of hepatocellular function and obstruction to portal circulation often lead to jaundice, ascites and hepatic failure.

To put it in short [but not as accurate] terms, it’s liver fibrosis.

So when people say hepatic/liver cirrhosis, they’re basically saying something to the effect of, “This patient is suffering from chronic liver disease of the liver.” or “He has liver liver disease.”

Let’s stop this practice, aye? Onwards to precise use of medical terminology!


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark on October 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Inclusion of the word “liver” is helpful since it is not obvious that the word cirrhosis refers to the liver (like osteo = bone in osteoporosis).


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