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J Med Ethics. 2013 Feb;39(2):125-6. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2011-100155. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

Medico-legal and ethical aspects of nasal fractures secondary to assault: do we owe a duty of care to advise patients to have a facial x-ray?

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK. mcjaberoo@gmail.com

Abstract

Guidelines advise that x-rays do not contribute to the clinical management of simple nasal fractures. However, in cases of simple nasal fracture secondary to assault, a facial x-ray may provide additional legal evidence should the victim wish to press charges, though there is no published guidance. We examine the ethical and medico-legal issues surrounding this controversial area.

PMID:
23172899
DOI:
10.1136/medethics-2011-100155
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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