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Incidental Medical Findings And Annual Physical Examinations – Do They Really Make A Difference?

A patient presents to the emergency room after suffering trauma to the hip following a motor vehicle accident. A CT study of the pelvis to assess the injury is performed. The study reveals a broken hip, but also something else. A suspicious lesion on the kidney is noted. This lesion, which was unrelated to the accident and would normally not have been discovered had the accident not occurred, is known as an "incidental finding".

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