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Cardiology Coding Alert

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Select the Correct Option for Syncope Diagnosis

Question: I have a complete carotid duplex report that shows weakness, syncope, and mild plaque formation, but it doesn't show evidence of significant carotid stenosis. Which diagnosis code should I choose? Washington Subscriber Answer: You should choose the diagnosis code based upon what the complete carotid duplex scan shows. However, if the scan does not explain why the patient is experiencing syncope, [...]