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    Default Osteomyelitis

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    When coding for osteomyelitis, are the fingers and toes- included in the hand, ankle and foot fifth digit, or should the fifth digit be 8- other specified sites.

    Thanks for your help and have nice week-end.

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    Chapter 13. Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (710-739) gives a broad definition of what's included in each 5th digit.
    4 Hand
    carpus, metacarpus, phalanges(fingers)

    5 Ankle and Foot
    Ankle joint, Digits (toes), metatarsus, Phalanges-foot, Tarsus, Other joints in foot.

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

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    Thanks for the information. No one has ever pointed out this table to me before.

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