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    Does anyone knwo the diagnosis for Bilateral Acute Retinal Necrosis ( barn)

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    All I've been able to find out about BARN is that it is a type of retinitis generally associated with a viral infection. Hope this helps a little bit.

    Some additional info:

    The acute retinal necrosis (ARN) syndrome is part of a spectrum of necrotizing herpetic retinopathies the clinical expression of which appears to be influenced by both host and viral factors. Originally described in 1971 among otherwise healthy adults, ARN has also been reported in children and among immunocompromised patients, including those with AIDS. Acute, fulminant disease may arise without a systemic prodrome years after primary infection or following cutaneous or systemic herpetic infection such as dermatomal zoster, chickenpox, or herpetic encephalitis. The prevalence is nearly equal between the sexes, with the majority of cases clustering between the fifth and seventh decades. A genetic predisposition may increase the relative risk of developing ARN among patients with specific human leukocyte antigen (HLA) haplotypes, including HLA-DQw7 antigen and phenotype -Bw62 and -DR4 in Caucasian patients in the United States and HLA-Aw33, -B44, and -DRw6 in Japanese patients. The American Uveitis Society has established mandatory and supporting criteria for the diagnosis of ARN that are based solely on the clinical findings and disease progression, independent of viral etiology or host immune status (Table 8-1). Retinal lesions of presumed herpetic etiology that are not characteristic of well-recognized syndromes such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis or progressive outer retinal necrosis are grouped under the umbrella designation necrotizing herpetic retinopathy.
    Last edited by coderguy1939; 11-06-2009 at 12:56 PM.

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    It helps kinda but i still need a diganosis for it. I don't think they have one. It seems like every time i code for my retina specialist they have diagnosis that don't have ICD-9 codes for it. He will be back in clinic on Monday i will have him help to find one. Thanks

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    Look at 362.84 and 362.89 to see if either of these would work. These are the only 2 I can come up with.

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    I think 362.89 is the right choice for the above said condition
    Vikas Maheshwari
    Operation Manager (Medical Billing & Coding)

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    I work only in ophthalmology so I guess you could say I'm spoiled for any other coding. The practice I work in provides us with a really nice coding book supplied by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It's called "ICD-9 for Ophthalmology" It says to use DX code 363.13 for acute retinal necrosis. Hope this helps

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