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Thread: Does any one have links to help w/Gastro Coding?

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    Question Does any one have links to help w/Gastro Coding?

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    I am new to coding gastroenterology, and was kind of thrown into it without any guidance. Does any one have any good sites to help w/this? I am specifically looking for a diagram of the gi tract showing lengths of each part of the colon, etc. (For example a polyp is found 35 cm from the anus - what part of the gi tract would this be?) If you have any help that would be great. Thank you in advance.

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    Here are a few pictures of the GI Tract.




    The average colon is about 1.5m long. Lenghts of the various parts are:

    Anal canal: 5 cm
    Rectum: 12 cm
    Sigmoid colon: 40 cm
    Descending colon: 15 cm
    Transverse colon: 45 cm
    Ascending colon: 25 cm

    The splenic flexure is thus at around 72 cm from the anal verge and the hepatic flexure at around 117 cm.

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