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    Hi so I have a claim that the diagnosis is F10.239; alcohol withdrawal syndrome, severe. To me that would be F10.232 because it is severe.. I am not familiar with mental health diagnosis coding if anyone have some good guidelines that they are willing to share please do. Thank you in Advanced

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    F10.232 is not specific to severity.

    This section of ICD 10 is for Alcohol Dependence with Withdrawal. F10.239 states that the type of withdrawal is unspecified. F10.232 states that the type of withdrawal includes perceptual disturbance. I would suggest that following a review of the chart if there is no mention of the type of withdrawal that you will be limited to the unspecified code. If there is a mention, then you will have the options of uncomplicated, delirium or perceptual disturbance.

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