Medical test surprises: What should you be told?

December 12, 2013 8:22 PM

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Medical test surprises: What should you be told?

A presidential advisory council said Thursday it’s time to be more up-front about that risk with patients before their next X-ray or gene test turns up a disturbing surprise.

“Incidental findings can be life-saving, but they also can lead to uncertainty and distress,” cautioned Amy Gutmann of the University of Pennsylvania, who chairs the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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