End Stage Disease

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Synonyms

Terminal disease stadium; Life threatening illness; Incurable disease

Definition

Patients with end stage disease suffer from metastatic, relapsed cancer and chronic diseases in their terminal stage – like heart failure, terminal renal insufficiency (uremia), hepatic failure, diabetes mellitus with its complications, AIDS, and chronic progressive neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease. These patients are given palliative care at this incurable end stage, when alleviation of their symptoms, including of unwanted drug effects, is required.