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    2nd Request, The First Person Did Not Answer My Question

    If there remains a strong clinical concern for mass in the chest, then follow up will be obtained or alternatively a CT scan of the chest will be performed.

    DOES ANOTHER COMMA GO BEFORE OR, AFTER OR, OR TWO COMMAS AROUND ALTERNATIVELY?

    I'm confused on this particular sentence.

    Thanks,


    Erin


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    Re: 2nd Request, The First Person Did Not Answer My Question

    Having worked in hospitals for nearly 40 years, I can tell you there is a style of writing that transcends normal rules of punctuation.
    If there remains a strong clinical concern for mass in the chest, then follow up will be obtained or alternatively a CT scan of the chest will be performed.
    In a medical setting, not using a comma after the "or" would be quite routine particularly as "alternatively" sets the next section apart. Otherwise, use a comma - it will be ignored anyway since doctors have to read quickly!!


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    Re: 2nd Request, The First Person Did Not Answer My Question

    So a comma would go after or?

    Erin

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