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Cardiology Coding Alert

Reader Questions: Attack Your Atypical Chest Pain Dx Cases


- Published on Mon, Aug 04, 2008

Question: My doctor saw a patient for "atypical" chest pain. Which diagnosis code should I use?

California Subscriber

Answer: Report 786.59 (Chest pain; other) for atypical chest pain, which can be located in the left chest, abdomen, back or arm. The patient may describe the feeling as fleeting or sharp.

Atypical chest pain is unrelated to exercise and is not relieved by rest or nitroglycerin.



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