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Is cardiomegaly intrinsic to chf?

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    Question Is cardiomegaly intrinsic to chf?
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    Can anybody tell me if cardiomegaly is intrinsic to chf? Some people are telling me you can code both while others are saying no. I thought chf always shows signs of an enlarged heart. How can you tell if something is intrinsic?

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    Louisville, KY
    According to ICD you do not code signs, symptoms that are integral to the disease process--unless otherwise instructed to do so. Cardiomegaly is typical of CHF. As to whether you can or cannot code it, I fail to see the benefit in coding it, but there's probably little agreement between coders.

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    I was taught that cardiomegaly was intrisic to CHF and to only code the CHF as the cardiomegaly is a sign/symptom of CHF.

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