Insult (medical)

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In medical terms, an insult is the cause of some kind of physical or mental injury. For example, a burn on the skin (the injury) may be the result of a thermal, chemical, radioactive, or electrical event (the insult).[1] Likewise sepsis and trauma are examples of foreign insults,[2] and encephalitis, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumors are examples of insults to the brain.[3] Insults may also be categorized as either genetic or environmental.[4]


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  2. ^ Ronco, Claudio; Bellomo, Rinaldo; Kellum, John A. (2008). Critical Care Nephrology: Expert Consult - Online and Print. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 10. ISBN 9781416042525.
  3. ^ Shelton; Hunt (2008). "9. Anxiety disorders". In Fatemi, S. Hossein; Clayton, Paula J. (eds.). The Medical Basis of Psychiatry. Springer. p. 152. ISBN 9781597452526.
  4. ^ Sadler, Thomas W.; Langman, Jan (2005). Langman's Essential Medical Embryology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 2. ISBN 9780781755719.