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dental caries and acute toothache

Renee Posted Wed 25th of August, 2010 11:26:38 AM

patient comes to the ED with toothache. After evaluation the impression is acute pain and dental caries. Patient is discharged with Lortab. Would you code acute pain as PDX and dental caries as secondary?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 25th of August, 2010 20:32:10 PM

Your PDX should be dental caries and your secondary should be tooth pain since this falls under the signs and symptoms category.

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