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    Doctor did a follow up EGD on patient who had bariatric surgery. He states that there was a "blind pouch". Is this a type of gastric diverticulum or is this something that needs to be coded at all? Thanks.

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    Gastric pouch codes to: 537.1

    If Blind Loop Syndrome is documented it codes to: 579.2
    Blind Loop Syndrome
    Postoperative blind loop syndrome
    DEF: Obstruction/impaired passage in small intestine due to alternation, from strictures or surgery....

    If documented as a postoperative complication, a code from there may be appropriate.

    Most information that I checked indicates the gastric pouch as an unintentional creation of a pouch due to some gastric/intestinal procedure(s)...when symptomatic may be classified/documented as Blind Loop Syndrome.

    Hope this helps,
    Anthony McCallum, CPC, CIRCC, CPC-I, CCS

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    Great information. Thanks for your help.

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