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Metalosis???

  1. Default Metalosis???
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    This is a good one....

    Dr referenced "metalosis" twice in the op note, once in the post op diagnosis and again in the body of the note as "culture taken (from the knee prosthesis, prior TKA) of the fluid showed darkened staining consistent with metalosis"

    Now comes the best part. I looked thru Dorland's, Merck, Merriam Webster, WebMD, etc then finally googled "metalosis" and found that it's a disease made up by a "mockumentary" filmmaker on you tube which is quite clever. It had me going for a while.

    So I'm looking for any ideas what the doc may have meant, I'm leaning towards a reaction to the metal prosthesis but haven't found anything yet.

    If nothing else I got a good laugh...
    Bruce Crandall, CPC
    North Carolina Specialty Hospital
    Durham, NC
    www.ncspecialty.com

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    LOL... I would query the physician. Sounds like the transcriptionist misheard/mistyped or something...

    By the way--- Being from Durham, you're probably a Duke fan... but go UNC (NCAA bball)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARCPC9491 View Post
    LOL... I would query the physician. Sounds like the transcriptionist misheard/mistyped or something...

    By the way--- Being from Durham, you're probably a Duke fan... but go UNC (NCAA bball)
    That's what I'm oging for, but a heads up from the good folks here can go a long way figureing out what the doc really meant.

    Not into BB too much but my $ is on UNC this year!
    Bruce Crandall, CPC
    North Carolina Specialty Hospital
    Durham, NC
    www.ncspecialty.com

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    Did you ever decide what to do with metalosis. I am looking for the icd-9 code for a failing L THA due to metalosis. I am thinking 996.47 but was just looking for something more specific.

    Tx
    Angela

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    Default Could it be Metallosis??
    The link below describes metallosis. Is that what the doc means??

    http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/reprint/170/6/1556.pdf

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