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Gastrostomy Tube Diagnosis

Mercy Posted Tue 05th of April, 2011 15:39:08 PM

Hi,
If this is a duplicate, I apologize. We have a patient that his gastromy tube fell out. Not sure how. It was replaced thru the existing track. Procedure code 43760.

My question is.... should I use Dx. of V55.1 and if yes, is there an E-code I should put with it. Not sure what E-code.

Thank you

SuperCoder Answered Tue 05th of April, 2011 18:46:32 PM

536.49

Mercy Posted Tue 05th of April, 2011 19:57:00 PM

Where are you getting that information from? Just because it is pulled out does not mean there is a mechanical complication of the tube. Under V55.1 it states or removal or replacment of catheter.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 05th of April, 2011 21:07:38 PM

It is not mechanical complication. Had it been mechanical complication you would code 536.42
It is "Other gastrostomy complications ", so 536.49

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