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E code for 349.0

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    Default E code for 349.0
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    Does code 349.0- Reaction to spinal or lumbar puncture- need E879.8- cause of abnormal reaction/ later complication to a specified procedure? The code does not specify using an additional E code to identify cause. Is this being redudent to use the E code?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. #2
    North Carolina
    Typically, if the side effect is a headache, the physician will only select 349.0.
    However; there are times when there is a spinal cord complication (some form of damage)...I would probably consider an "E" code in this situation...depending on the documentation.
    Last edited by RebeccaWoodward*; 08-06-2009 at 03:43 PM.

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