Sciatic Radiculopathy?

Radcoder86

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How would you code sciatic radiculopathy? Doctor didn't actually state it's sciatica. Would it be radiculopathy, site unspecified?

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jeskla

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G57.0 ??

Since the MD has stated sciatic, this would lead me to lesion of sciatic nerve (G57.0). Since there is an excludes 1 note with radiculitis under G57.0, I would not code that also. Just so you you know, I do not have much experience. I am a CPC -A who only has on the job experience for 8 months.
 

TheStephCode

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M54.16 Radiculopathy, lumbar region

"Sciatic" places the radiculopathy in the lumbar region.
 
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