Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | February 28, 2008

Can You Say "Duh"!

Specialists; gotta love ’em (and their EMRs, too.)

Excerpts from specialist’s letter:

Past Surgical History: appendectomy, cholecystectomy, oophorectomy, thyroidectomy, back surgery

Physical Exam:
Neck: trachea midline, scar from previous thyroid surgery, no obvious thyroid enlargement

Thank goodness!

(Now don’t go getting your diapers in a bunch. I know you can do a partial thyroidectomies where some of the gland is left that can potentially hypertrophy later. In general, though, that would be specified as “partial”, even though to be precise he should have specified a total thyroidectomy, which is what she’d had. Still, this was a non-surgical, non-endocrine specialist and the documentation was probably boilerplate.)


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