There is an article in the July 2009 Coding Edge which discusses exams: http://djk9qtinkh46n.cloudfront.net/...a5fce7cc8c.pdf
Since there is no definitive guidance provided for the terms "limited" and "extended", one has to review the documentation and apply some definition of limited (e.g., including only a part) which I interpret to be only documenting the exam for two body areas or organ systems that apply strictly to the chief complaint, or extended (e.g., drawn out) which I interpret to be documenting the exam of two body areas or organ systems that goes beyond the chief complaint.
I appreciate your dilemma, it's something that is very subjective. I would say to choose the level of exam for which you believe is defensible by what the physician documented. Best of luck to you.
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