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Positive HIV Result Drops through the Cracks of a "Flawless" Office System

November 26, 2013

The Case

The patient consulted a plastic surgeon for surgical correction of his pectus excavatum (sunken chest), a congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall. The surgeon discussed the procedure, as well as post-op care and restrictions. He emphasized that before performing elective procedures, he required patients to have HIV, hepatitis B, CBC, urinalysis and EKG tests performed by an …

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