Adenomegaly or adenophaty?
Alfredo Pinzón-Junca • Bogotá, D.C. (Colombia)
Dr. Alfredo Pinzón-Junca: Especialista en Medicina Interna y Psicoanálisis. Hospital Universitario de La Samaritana y Hospital Simón Bolívar. Coordinador del Consejo de Acreditación y Recertificación de la ACMI®. Bogotá, D.C. (Colombia). E-mail: email@example.com
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Received: 26/II//2020 Accepted: 4/III/2020
The use of these terms may cause confusion. Knowing their origin and meaning may help clarify it.
Adenomegaly: (From the Latin adeno- 'gland' + mega 'large' + ly; documented in English since 1957):
Adenopathy: (From the Latin adeno- 'gland' + pátheia 'disease'; documented in French since 1855) [also: enlarged node]:
According to this, it would seem more appropriate to use the term adenomegaly to refer to just the increased size of the lymph node, and adenopathy to speak of disease in this organ. However, these words are synonyms and may be used interchangeably.
As an isolated and nonspecific finding, it is interesting to note that only adenomegaly appears in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10: R599). However, this term is not found in the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua (DRAE) [Dictionary of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language].
• Real Academia Nacional de Medicina. Diccionario de Términos Médicos. Editorial Médica Panamericana. 2012 (translated)
• Diccionario de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua, available at: www.rae.es (translated)