left sided weakness

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:( how would you code "left sided weakness"?? need to get autho for MRI &
MRA BRAIN/HEAD w/o contrast. ??
:) thank you
 

fmuldoon

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Has the phy. provided a cause for the weakness? Was there an injury of any kind? It maybe difficult to code w/such a general term.
 
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there is no injury. This is pt's statement that he feels weakness in his left side body. other ICD-9 2859, 25000 4011.
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728.87 is a good one or just generalized weakness(fatigue) 780.79 - however, I'm not sure if either of those codes are a covered dx for the MRI of the brain/head. I haven't looked at the LCD on it.
{that's my opinion on the posted matter}
 
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Are left sided weakness and hemineglect the same?

Clinic physician states "Left sided weakness, due to probable repeat CVA affecting left side. She will be sending patient for more tests.
I can't find seft sided weakness, doctor doesn't say hemiplegia as this is only a weakness not paralysis, but hemineglect came up when I tried to find something on google. Any ideas?
 
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