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    Question pseudopolyps

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    When coding a colonoscopy with a finding of pseudopolyps does that classify the pt as having pseudopolyposis?. In reverse it is true that if you have pseudopolyposis you would have pseudopolyps but I am not sure if by having pseudopolyps that would lable a pt as having pseudopolyposis.

    Please let me know what you think!

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    Wink Pseudopolyposis and pseudopolyps

    Absolutely...to be considered to have pseudopolyposis, you must first have the offending pseudopolyp and vice versa, if you have a pseudopolyp, you are considered as having pseudopolyposis. Pseudopolyps are NOT pre-malignant polyps but have the characteristics of them and hats off to the many docs who call it as they see it. Too many docs just call these polyps which are considered pre-malignant.

    Have I muddied the waters? I'm really good at that


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    I have a related question...if a patient is diagnosed with pseudopolyposis and ulcerative colitis, do we report both dx codes? (i.e. 556.9 , 556.4) Or, does 556.4 include the ulcerative colitis?

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