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Organ Systems
 

 


The 1997 E/M guidelines recognize the following organ systems:

  • Constitutional
  • Eyes
  • Ears, nose, mouth and throat
  • Neck
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular
  • Chest (breasts)
  • Gastrointestinal (abdomen)
  • Genitourinary (male)
  • Genitourinary (female)
  • Lymphatic
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Skin
  • Neurologic
  • Psychiatric

1995 E/M guidelines recognize the following body areas and organ systems:

Body Areas

  • Head, including the face
  • Neck
  • Chest, including breasts and axillae
  • Abdomen
  • Genitalia, groin, buttocks
  • Back, including spine
  • Each extremity

Organ Systems

  • Constitutional (e.g., vital signs, general appearance)
  • Eyes
  • Ears, nose, mouth and throat
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Skin
  • Neurologic
  • Psychiatric
  • Hematologic/lymphatic/immunologic

Using the 1995 E/M guidelines, the various levels of physical exam are defined as follows:

Problem Focused - a limited examination of the affected body are or organ system

Expanded Problem Focused - a limited examination of the affected body area or organ system and other symptomatic or related organ systems

Detailed - an extended examination of the affected body area(s) and other symptomatic or related organ system(s)

Comprehensive - a general multi-system examination or complete examination of a single organ system

 

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