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Journal Article

Framing family conversation after early diagnosis of iatrogenic injury and incidental findings.

Barrios L, Tsuda S, Derevianko A, et al. Surgical endoscopy. 2009;23:2535-42.

In this study of simulated cholecystectomies, surgical residents felt ill-trained to disclose both complications (common bile duct injury) and serious incidental findings (gallbladder cancer) encountered during a cholecystectomy. Most concerning, a large proportion of residents did not adequately describe potential complications when obtaining informed consent.