9 Fundamental Differences Between Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor

Parkinson’s disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET) are both movement disorders, with essential tremor being about eight times more common than Parkinson’s disease. Although they...
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Can You Name That Medical Term Ending in algia?

Which of these medical terms refers to muscle pain including a dull aching sensation in the muscle? Cephalgia Myalgia Neuralgia Arthralgia Answer = B. Myalgia Myalgia is...
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Sacral Neuromodulation /Stimulation Procedure Coding

Knowing the correct CPT code for a neurostimulator procedure can be tricky if you don't know the staged procedures and temporary vs. permanent placement. Follow along and I'll...
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Taking the Pain Out of Gunshot Wounds in ICD-10

Taking the Pain Out of Gunshot Wounds in ICD-10 Do you know how to code for gunshot wounds in ICD-10? In this article, you will learn the definition of a firearm-related injury, the physical characteristics of a gunshot wound and the damage it causes. You will also be...

Coding For Pectoralis Major Muscle Tears In ICD-10

Coding For Pectoralis Major Muscle Tears In ICD-10 is not difficult once you understand that a pectoral major muscle tear is classified as a Strain and that the pectoral major muscle is located in the thorax.   Although pectoralis major muscle tears are rare,...

Loosening Up the Belt With CPT Coding of Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

When all else fails and the weight doesn't come off, a patient may choose to have a procedure done to limit the amount of food the stomach can hold. In this coding exercise, you will learn how to code for a laparoscopic gastric banding procedure.  Question: A...

Possible Brain Herniation May Require Ventricular Puncture

Brain herniation is a serious and often fatal problem that requires immediate medical care. Therefore, when a patient presents with possible brain herniation, a surgeon may elect to perform a ventricular puncture to drain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).  Question:  Patient...