Code for embedded piercing

Jbeck@karuk.us

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One of my providers recently removed an embedded piece of jewelry; the young lady had had her chest pierced, but one end of the hardware came off and the main piece slipped down into the piercing & healed over. 2 years later she decided this was a problem & came for removal. I am coding a 10121 for complicated foreign body removal, since the doctor had to dig around and excise a bunch of scar tissue, but I am not sure what ICD-10 code would be appropriate in the situation. Would this really be considered a superficial foreign body, like a splinter? Would it be considered a metal fragment, since it was not the complete piece of jewelry? Any help greatly appreciated!

J. Beck, CMC
 

Ritika

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I think you should code it as other specified complication of internal fixation or you can code it as superficial foreign body...hope this helps:)
 
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