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Minerva Medicolegale 2004 June;124(2):39-56

language: Italian

Acute myocardial infarction: new definition and emercengy physician's liability

Lallo R., Santovito D.


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Myocardial infarction is one of the most important diseases for the physician in the emergency department. New technologies and the introduction of troponins in the clinical management of patients with chest pain induced the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology to develop the consensus document that redefines myocardial infarction. The Authors analyse the pitfalls in the diagnosis of myocardial infarction and highlight the importance of the new definition in the field of emergency physician's malpractice. The recent trend of the Supreme Court about causal relationship is also evaluated.

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