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Incidental Findings in the Pancreas (and Elsewhere): Putting Our Patients (and Ourselves) in a Difficult SituationIncidental Findings in the Pancreas

Russell P. Harris, MD, MPH
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 30 March 2015.

From University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-0590.

Requests for Single Reprints: Russell P. Harris, MD, MPH, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, 725 Martin Luther King Boulevard, CB 7590, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599; e-mail, rharris@med.unc.edu.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: R.P. Harris.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: R.P. Harris.

Drafting of the article: R.P. Harris.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: R.P. Harris.

Final approval of the article: R.P. Harris.

Statistical expertise: R.P. Harris.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: R.P. Harris.

Collection and assembly of data: R.P. Harris.

Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(11):787-789. doi:10.7326/M15-0590
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