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Tom Boismier boismier at umich.edu
Mon Feb 26 07:40:10 EST 1996

In article <4glk1l$djc at newsbf02.news.aol.com>, asbfun at aol.com says...
>  I am wondering if anyone out there has list of "official" ENG diagnoses.
>When writing reports, I am at a loss as to whether to term a condition
>"vertigo" or "nystagmus".

Neither are conditions. Vertigo is not a diagnosis, it's a perception of 
circular movement. Thus you can have vertigo after you get off a 
merry-go-round, without having disease. Nystagmus refers to a pattern of eye 
movements only, not a disease, condition or perception.

>Also, what format do you use for the report? 

It really depends on whom you're writing the report for. If the referring 
physician is familiar with ENG terminology, you can simply present the test 
results and let the doc make inferences. In our case, we accept referrals from 
anywhere, so we can't assume the the referring doc knows anything about ENG 
testing or it's limitations and pitfalls. Thus we do our reports in the 
following format.

PATIENT HISTORY AND SYMPTOMS: (because that's where the majority of diagnoses 
are made. We get over an hour to ask the patient history questions during an 
ENG, while the doc usually only has 15-30 minutes. History is CRITICAL to 
diagnosis, so we fill out a 2-page history on every patient, and summarize it 
in the report)

IMPRESSIONS: (this is where we call it peripheral or central based on test 

RECOMMENDATIONS: (i.e Otology, Neurology, Radiology, etc consults, ABR,  
Vestibular Rehab, etc.)







We put this stuff on the second page because most of our referring docs don't 
want to see it, and don't know what the numbers mean anyway.

>Amy S. Bannerman
>ASB FUN at aol.com

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