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Icd-9 code for cryptococcal pneumonia

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    Default Icd-9 code for cryptococcal pneumonia
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    One of our hospitalist documented cryptoccal pneumonia as a diagnosis. Should i code that as pneumonia,bacterial or can i code pneumonia (486) and specifically use the cryptoccal code (117.5) following the pneumonia? Can anyone help me?

    Thanks!

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    Cryptococcous is not a bacteria. It is a yeast like fungus. Since the organism is specified 486 should not be used. Our encoder leads to 117.5, 484.7. You might want to check into those codes.

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    Thank you so much! :d

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