Are routine preoperative chest radiographs useful in general surgery? A prospective, multicentre study in 3959 patients. Association des Chirurgiens de l'Assistance Publique pour les Evaluations médicales.

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OBJECTIVE To find out which patients about to undergo general or gastrointestinal operations could have the routine preoperative posteroanterior chest radiograph omitted. DESIGN Prospective open multicentre study. SETTING 8 Public hospitals, France. SUBJECTS 3959 consecutive patients about to undergo operations for benign disease were divided into 4… (More)

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