Swelling vs Effusion

amylis1

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Hi,

When the physician states swelling of elbow, because the elbow is a joint, do I code
Effusion of joint or swelling of a limb?

THe confusion comes also comes in when the impression states "soft tissue swelling"
Is that coded disorder of tissue? of ....

ANy help would be greatly appreciated!!
 

BABS37

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I agree with Jenifer. If it states swelling of elbow, I would code it as effusion- that's what I learned for joints. And I would also code both- 719.02 for the elbow and 729.89 for the swelling as that would cover the soft tissue swelling.
 
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