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Arthroses

Caralee Posted Sat 18th of May, 2013 12:16:41 PM

Help needed with Dx code for Lumbar Facet Arthroses. I am looking at 716.98 and 724.8.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 21st of May, 2013 14:41:31 PM

Hi,

Arthroses-A degenerative disease of a joint.

You have lumbar facet arthroses, why go for an unlisted arthropathy.Choose to use 721.3. If you use the ICD-9 book, and look up Arthropathy, it also says to 'see Arthritis' in which case you can go to Arthritis and find Lumbar, which states 721.3.

Thanks

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