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excising external hemorrhoids CPT
Blog | CPT and HCPCS | Medical Challenges | Surgical Procedures on the Digestive System

Excising External Hemorrhoids CPT: Check Your Knowledge

** This post was reviewed and updated on December 17, 2023. ** The Coding Challenge Question: A 38-year-old female with a history of discomfort due to external hemorrhoids and intermittent bleeding is seen today with a complaint of an external hemorrhoid. She previously had a colonoscopy, and the results came back normal. The patient is…

desmoid tumor in ICD-10-CM
Blog | ICD-10-CM | Name That Code | Neoplasms

Desmoid Tumor in ICD-10-CM: Coding For This Noncancerous Growth

Name That Code! Question: A 37-year-old female presents with gradually increasing swelling in the left upper leg. She has a mild, dull, aching pain in the leg. After imaging and biopsy results were obtained, the patient was diagnosed with an extra-abdominal desmoid tumor. She is placed on active surveillance. Assign for ICD-10-CM. Answer: D48.116, Desmoid tumor…

craniosynostosis coding in ICD-10-CM

Pediatric Craniosynostosis Coding in ICD-10-CM

Craniosynostosis, a complex craniofacial condition, impacts approximately 1 in every 2,500 babies in the United States. This article delves into the complexity of this congenital disability, shedding light on its various forms, categorized broadly by either an unknown cause or an underlying condition. Moreover, we explore ICD-10-CM coding for these diagnoses, including the recent updates…