Definition of decompensation in English:

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decompensation

Pronunciation: /ˌdiːkɒmp(ə)nˈseɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

1 [mass noun] Medicine The failure of an organ (especially the liver or heart) to compensate for the functional overload resulting from disease.
Example sentences
  • The major contributing factor for heart failure decompensation was medication lapses.
  • Patients with chronic liver disease and signs of decompensation should be assessed for transplantation before they become critically ill.
  • We excluded patients with hepatitis B, HIV infection, or hepatic decompensation.
2 Psychiatry The failure to generate effective psychological coping mechanisms in response to stress, resulting in personality disturbance.

Derivatives

decompensated

adjective
Example sentences
  • ‘This is a significant finding from a large population of patients and will certainly aid in the development of guidelines for treating patients with acute decompensated heart failure,’ said Abraham.
  • The single most expensive diagnosis in the U.S. health care system, acutely decompensated heart failure, represents 1 million primary and 2.5 million secondary hospital admissions annually.
  • A complete diagnosis should include the cause of the liver disease and determine if the patient has decompensated liver disease.

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