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Clinical Practice  |   April 1999
The incidental diagnosis
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Clinical Practice   |   April 1999
The incidental diagnosis
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1999, Vol. 99, 214-216. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.4.214
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1999, Vol. 99, 214-216. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.4.214
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Abstract

Incidental findings transcend medical practice. Two cases are discussed in which significant conditions were discovered during clinical examination for an unrelated disorder. The first case presents a disease reported for the first time in a male. Recent literature has alluded to missed diagnoses found only at autopsies With cost constraint as a national theme, the appropriate use of technology presents a challenge to the physician. The cases discussed raise questions about the process of diagnosis. Both situations bring to light the limitations of clinical investigation early in the pathologic process.