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Descriptor in English: Catastrophic Illness
Descriptor in Spanish: Enfermedad Catastrófica
Descriptor in Portuguese: Doença Catastrófica
Descriptor in French: Maladie catastrophique
Entry term(s): Catastrophic Illnesses
Illness, Catastrophic
Illnesses, Catastrophic
Tree number(s): C23.550.291.250
Scope note: An acute or prolonged illness usually considered to be life-threatening or with the threat of serious residual disability. Treatment may be radical and is frequently costly.
Annotation: usually GEN & IM; if a specific catastrophic illiness, coord NIM with specific dis (IM)
Allowable Qualifiers: CL classification
EC economics
EP epidemiology
MO mortality
NU nursing
PX psychology
RH rehabilitation
TH therapy
History Note: 82
See also the descriptors: Insurance, Major Medical MeSH
DeCS UI: 28562
Descriptor UI: D002388
Date Established: 1982/01/01
Date of Entry: 1981/02/26
Revision Date: 1999/11/08
Catastrophic Illness - Preferred
Concept UI M0003633
Scope note An acute or prolonged illness usually considered to be life-threatening or with the threat of serious residual disability. Treatment may be radical and is frequently costly.
Preferred term Catastrophic Illness
Entry term(s) Catastrophic Illnesses
Illness, Catastrophic
Illnesses, Catastrophic



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