I agree with you. For example - patient comes in with complaint of persistent cough. Doctor diagnoses bronchitis. You would code the bronchitis, and not the cough.
However, if the doctor wanted additional tests (lab or xray) before concluding and only stated that this is possible bronchitis, then you would code the sign/symptom (i.e. cough).
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