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    We have a patient that had a fetal demise at 21 wks. Patient wants an autopsy done on fetus to determine cause. Insurance says we need to pre-authorize the autopsy. Our physician ordered autopsy for any chromosonal defects. Fetal Demise Dx 656.41 "after completion of 22 wks gestation." Would there me a more appropriate code, since the fetus was only 21 wks. Thanks! Becky

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    632 is "missed abortion / early fetal death before completion of 22 weeks gestation"
    Hope that helps.
    What an awful report to read. When I come across fetal demise on my reports my heart just sinks into my stomach.

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