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Pulmonology Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Nail Down PAP Dx

Question: We recently saw a patient who presented with shortness of breath and a cough. The pulmonologist diagnosed him with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). How should we report this diagnosis and the symptoms? Tennessee Subscriber Answer: Patients with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, often notated by physicians as “PAP,” find it difficult to take oxygen from the air and exchange carbon dioxide [...]

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