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    I have a very simple question, I have an op note that states patient has chondromalacia of patella, but in the body of op report it states "loose articular cartilage" was found so an abrasion arthroplasty was done. Wouldn't I be able to use both 717.7 & 717.6 for the loose art. cartilage? isn't loose articular cartilage considered a loose body in knee???

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    yes I would use both
    Mary, CPC, CANPC, COSC

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    Thank you Mary, I know I can't always count on you!!!!!! You are WONDERFUL!!!!

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    oops!! I mean " I can always count on you!"

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