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    Question diagnosis coding question

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    If the pathology for an EGD comes back with Benign squamous and columnar epithelium, what code would I use? There is no mention of neoplasm so would I code the reason for the EGD?

    Dawn Smith, CPC

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    I believe you would code the diagnosis necessatating the EGD, example: GERD, epigastric pain...


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    Squamous metaplasia refers to benign (non-cancerous) changes in the epithelial linings of certain organs within the body. These cells assume a more squamous morphology. Common sites for squamous metaplasia include the bladder and cervix. Smokers often exhibit squamous metaplasia in the linings of their airways. These changes don't signify a specific disease, but rather usually represent the body's response to stress or irritation. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to squamous metaplasia.

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