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The incidentaloma: a medicolegal dilemma.
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PMID:  21333776     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
With the advent of high-resolution computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasonography, the frequency of radiologists' serendipitous discovery of incidentalomas is increasing. If the radiologist believes an incidentaloma is of no clinical significance, then making mention of it in the radiological report may possibly lead to a cascade of tests, biopsies, and other surgical procedures, which occasionally can cause serious complications. But if the incidentaloma is not reported and it later turns out to be an early carcinoma or sign of other significant disease, the patient's health may be irreversibly jeopardized. In either case, medical malpractice litigation could well ensue.
Leonard Berlin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiologic clinics of North America     Volume:  49     ISSN:  1557-8275     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiol. Clin. North Am.     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123703     Medline TA:  Radiol Clin North Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-55     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Radiology, Rush Medical College, 1653 West Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612, USA; Department of Radiology, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Skokie Hospital, 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076, USA.
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