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I find the term 'grossly normal' in my medical records. What does this mean?

By Anonymous December 9, 2014 - 10:45pm
 
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It does not sound very 'friendly', although I suspect that it is not meant to be negative .It is listed under neurological and psychiatric category. I'd like to know
What it means, and why this term is used. Thank you.

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Anonymous

Grossly means largely, grossly normal = largely normal. So if you just translate gross, it sounds much more humane :)

October 19, 2016 - 2:33pm
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Anonymous

The same comment was applied to my MRI after a stroke. You can imagine how that made me feel!!!
Thanks for the question AND all the answers.

September 16, 2015 - 6:15pm
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Anonymous

Thank you .Your answer to my question about grossly normal is the best one given so far. I have been greatly worried as the CT Scan of my abdominal region stated that my spleen , adrenal. and pancreas are "grossly normal". I am happy that I now have nothing to worry about especially since I have been diabetic for a while.

September 16, 2015 - 2:54pm
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Anonymous

Thanks. Makes a lot of sense,now.

December 10, 2014 - 11:59am
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Grossly normal means that the larger picture is normal. In medical terminology there is fine and gross. Gross is the larger picture which fine tends to be smaller . It has nothing to do with the term as we know it 'gross'

Actually the definition of gross in the dictionary is overall, total. So when you get a response that something is grossly normal rejoice. It is all good. Hope this helps.

December 10, 2014 - 10:30am
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Anonymous (reply to Laura Mayer)

I am 77. I went into see my new cardiologist yesterday , and received his report today. The report contained a comment, "Hearing - Grossly unimpaired." It seemed a strange comment. Thank you for the explanation.

April 12, 2017 - 9:22am
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