Thursday, April 17, 2008

What is the diagnosis code for that

I'm cleaning up my desk and came across a little note that I clipped from somewhere a couple years ago. I don't know where it is from to give credit, but I do have the name of the submitter of this little story:

"While transcribing medical audiotapes, a colleague came upon the following garbled diagnosis: 'This man has pholenfrometry.' Knowing nothing about that particular condition, she double-checked with the doctor. After listening to the tape, he shook his head. 'this man,' he said, translating for her, 'has fallen from a tree.'"

Oops. Seriously, though, have you ever heard doctors when they dictate? I don't envy the transcriptionists.

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