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    Default pleural parenchymal process for thoracentesis

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    Can you tell me what DX you use for pleural parenchymal process? Is this the same as pleural effusion? The doctor did not list a Dx for the thoracentesis. He just wrote RT lower pleural parenchymal process and abnormal chest X-ray. He just stated patient was admitted for the above.I know 793.1 is not covered. Should the doc be quered?

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    Default pleural parenchymal process

    Here's my 2 cents worth:
    Usually when a thoracentesis is done the pt. has a pleural effusion. But I would want a confirmation on the final dx.
    Can you get a hold of the documentation for the x-ray and get the final dx off of that?
    Any other opinions out there?

    Hope this helps.

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