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Gram-stain coding question


Vancouver, WA
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Hi, just have a quick question regarding gram stain results:

The report says:

"Gram stain showing gram-positive cocci in the chains and clusters. No pathogen was grown." Because the report says: "No pathogen was grown" I question coding A48.8 (other specified bacterial diseases)...do we still code this? Is showing gram-positive cocci sufficient to support the diagnosis of a disease, even when no pathogen is grown?

- Jacob
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