The automotive world is full of alphanumeric model names, internal codes, and manufacturers designations that mean something to causal car owners and car geeks alike. Similarly, in the medical field there is something called an ICD-10 code that accurately and concisely describes any medical problem from the basic headache (G44.1), the second time you are bitten by a squirrel (W53.21XD), and the second time you are burned by your water skis catching on fire (V91.07XD). Today we explore the times when those medical codes cross over into car codes that makes the inner 8 year old inside you squirm with delight.
BMW E30 Generation 3-series: A classic sedan loved by BMW fan boys all over the world.
Medical code: E30.0 Delayed puberty
BMW E46 Generation 3-series: A late model BMW sedan sold from 2001-2006.
Medical code: E46 Unspecified protein-calorie malnutrition
Chevy S10 Pickup: A compact pickup sold from 1982-2005.
Medical code: S10.0XXA Contusion of throat, initial encounter
Ford F150 Pickup: A large pickup used for light commuting and driving kids to school.
Medical code: F15.150 Other stimulant abuse with stimulant-induced psychotic disorder with delusions
Ford F250 Pickup: A larger pickup used for light commuting and driving kids to school.
Medical code: F25.0 Schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type.
Dodge Viper 1st Generation: A V10 equipped monster from the non-traction controlled era.
Medical code: V10.0XXA Pedal cycle driver injured in collision with pedestrian or animal in nontraffic accident, initial encounter.
BMW X5: A large SUV used for light commuting and driving kids to school.
Medical code: X52.XXXA Prolonged stay in weightless environment, initial encounter.
BWM 5-series F10, generation: An expensive car currently in free fall depreciation.
Medical code: F10.150 Alcohol abuse with alcohol-induced psychotic disorder with delusions.
Volvo C30: A compact front drive economy car sold from 2006-2013.
Medical code: C30.0 Malignant neoplasm of nasal cavity.
Volvo V70: A sedan, (and wagon) successor to the 850
Medical code: V70.0XXA Driver of bus injured in collision with pedestrian or animal in nontraffic accident, initial encounter.
Volvo V90: Another Volvo Wagon.
Medical code: V90.00XD Drowning and submersion due to merchant ship overturning, subsequent encounter.
BMW 5-series GT F07 generation: The hideous hatchback Gran Turismo 5-series sold starting in 2009.
Medical code: F07.0 Personality change due to known physiological condition.
BMW 5-series E28 generation -- Classic 4-door from BMW
Medical code: E28.0 Estrogen excess.
Lookup your own car on the CMS.gov website here and let us know what you get in the comments. Whatever you do, just be careful when near spacecraft (V95.40XA).