suspected Crohn's disease

anknight77

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How are you all coding diagnosis of "suspected Crohn's"? Because there is no specific diagnosis listed for this in the ICD-9 book, I believe we need to be coding just the signs/symptoms, but our doctors have been using 555.9 (regional enteritis, unspecified). I take the description of this code to mean that they HAVE Crohn's but the site is not specified. Please help! Thanks in advance!
 

williafm

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I agree with you- in the absence of known findings/disease code the signs and symptoms:)
 

coachlang3

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You have to code the signs and symptoms as there is no such thing as "suspected crohns". You cannot code "rule out" and "suspected".
 
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