Medical Challenges

Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implantation Device
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Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implantation Device

A 9-year-old patient with sensorineural hearing loss, bilaterally, is treated with a bilateral cochlear implantation device. The area of the scalp behind the left ear is shaved and cleaned, and a small incision is made in the skin. The surgeon then drills into the mastoid bone and the inner ear and inserts the electrode array…

Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy and Two Surgeons
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Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy and Two Surgeons

The Coding Challenge Question: A patient undergoes an Ivor Lewis esophagectomy with a thoracotomy. Dr. Blue, a thoracic surgeon, performs the thoracic approach and thoracic procedures, and Dr. Green, a general surgeon, performs the abdominal procedures. How would Dr. Blue report for his part of the procedure? A. 43122-59B. 43287-80C. 43117-62D. 43118-81 Answer: (more…)

Osteoporotic Compression Fractures: Medical Terminology Challenge
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Osteoporotic Compression Fractures: Medical Terminology Challenge

A 75-year-old female patient has had multiple vertebral fractures due to her osteoporosis. The decision is made to have a minimally invasive procedure performed through a small incision in the skin. Surgical cement is injected to stabilize the compressed vertebrae to treat the pain. Based on your knowledge of medical terminology, what type of skeletal…