collateral damage

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Surgery Any unavoidable co-morbidity associated with surgery, in particular of the brain—e.g., cognitive impairment as collateral damage after regional surgery to control temporal lobe epilepsy
Vox populi A popular term for any co-morbidity associated with a therapy—e.g., chemotherapy-induced collateral damage to the bone marrow and gastrointestinal tract as a side effect of destroying tumour cells. The term was borrowed from the military and popularised during the Gulf War in reference to unintentional, but inevitable loss of life and destruction of civilian property and non-military facilities, when these are adjacent to military targets
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collateral damage

Surgery A popular term for any undesired but unavoidable co-morbidity associated with a therapy–eg, chemotherapy-induced CD to the BM and GI tract as a side effect of destroying tumor cells
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