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"Bilateral mastectomies" or "A bilateral mastectomy"? (nm)
Fri Sep 16, 2005 21:19

bilateral mastectomies. (nm)
Fri Sep 16, 2005 21:28

According to BOS, pg 38, bilateral
Fri Sep 16, 2005 21:33

Reasoning in book is that there are 2 breasts, both are removed, so it is plural.

On the other hand, it gives another example of bilateral pneumonia. (There is only one condition, although present in both lungs at the same time.)

HOWEVER Merriam Webster's OneLook..see message..
Fri Sep 16, 2005 21:50

"Main Entry: bi·lat·er·al
Pronunciation: (")bI-'la-t(&-)r&l
Function: adjective
1 : having two sides
2 : affecting reciprocally two nations or parties <a bilateral treaty> <a bilateral trade agreement>
3 a : of, relating to, or affecting the right and left sides of the body or the right and left members of paired organs <bilateral nephrectomy>"
I read this as one patient had bilateral mastectomy, but ten women had bilateral mastectomies....I don't have time to research this further right I'm keeping an open mind that this is not correct and look forward to other documentation....Questyr

"bilateral mastectomies"
44,000 Google hits for "bilateral mastectomy" - 900 for (nm)
Fri Sep 16, 2005 21:55

not that this means a lot (Google); however,
Fri Sep 16, 2005 22:15

I can see where it could be considered one procedure if the mastectomies were done at the same time. If done at different times, mastectomies would seem more logical.

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