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polyp or not ?

Posted Tue 02nd of August, 2011 15:48:22 PM

Doctor removes what he thought was a polyp but the pathology reports states "Polyp":- Vegetable material only. So what icd-9 dx code would you use? would 211.3 still be appropriate or another code?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 02nd of August, 2011 18:36:00 PM

Depends on the place of service.
If patient is an Inpatient, the earlier radiological findings suggested there is a polyp, for whcih a surgery is scheduled, then you would code this as polyp 211.3.
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Because it is only pathological findings which confirmed it as vegetable, you can consider this had it been an outpatient setting, and it would have coded 936.

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