Coding Gout

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When coding unspecified gout, do I need to first code the anatomical location of the pain? For example, the patient came in with left wrist pain and the provider diagnosed him as gout. Would I first code the wrist pain and then unspecified gout or do I just code the gout?
 

CodingKing

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If pain is a symptom of gout (usually that's how it presents) then no pain would not be coded. ICD 101 - code to definitive diagnosis for outpatient claims
 
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