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Incidentaloma on the rise: how GPs are left to manage unexpected findings


In February 2005, as part of a physical examination, a CT scan revealed two small lumps in one of Mulroney's lungs. In his youth, Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada - ?1984 to1993)had been a heavy smoker. His doctors performed a biopsy, which ruled out cancer. (His surgery is sometimes cited as an example of the dangers of unnecessary testing.) He recovered well enough to tape a speech for the Conservative Party of Canada's 2005 Policy Convention in Montreal in March, though he could not attend in person. He later developed pancreatitis and other serious complications from the biopsy procedure and he remained in hospital for several weeks. Both Atul Gawanda and Gerald Welch recite the Aesopian tale about medical screening/investigation I.e. the tortoises, the birds and the rabbits and how to manage them. The tortoises are going nowhere. The birds have already flown. The rabbits need to be identified and contained.

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05 Jul 2019

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