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Ottawa ankle rules: Authors' reply

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1147
  1. Lucas M Bachmann, senior research fellow (,
  2. Gerben ter Riet, clinical epidemiologist
  1. Horten Centre, Zurich University, Postfach Nord, CH-8091 Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Academic Medical Center, Department General Practice, Meibergdreef 15, NL-1105 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

    EDITOR—Fogarty points out a problematic aspect in the interpretation of the palpation items used in the Ottawa ankle rules (and other rules that use information from clinical examination). We agree that an imprecise description of the exact palpation procedure may lead to …

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