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In response to last year’s scandal in which a number of patients died after undergoing laparoscopic liver surgery, two key medical bodies have introduced a system to track such procedures to ensure safety and transparency.

The Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery and the Endoscopic Liver Surgery Study Group on Wednesday announced the launch of a system that registers cases of laparoscopic liver surgery, with hospitals asked to provide records.

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