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    Question postoperative ileus

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    When coding for postoperative ileus, the index leads me to 997.4, which falls under Digestive System Complications. Do I also need 560.1 paralytic ileus as a second code to describe the condition, or do I follow the specific guidance of index and use only 997.4 (plus applicable E code)? Thanks.

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    the 997 catagory states to use additional code to identify complication. this would mean to add 560.1 and E code (if applicable)

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    Thank you! I knew there should be a note there somewhere and I just wasn't seeing it!

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