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    For the life of me I cannot fiquire out what I did wrong on a test:
    question was:
    " code sickle cell disease with crisis for breast cancer (currently being treated)"

    teacher answer: 282.62( Hb-SS with crisis) -noting nothing on breast cancer

    my answer: 282.69, (I agree that probally is wrong) V10.3

    do you code Hb-SS unless otherwise specified-Hb-C etc? (that is why I put other because type was unknown)

    If the paper just says breast cancer- would you put V10.3(breast- history of conditions classified to 174-175)?
    Can someone give me a clue? Thank you for helping me.

    K.Mosz, student JSRCC

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    I think the question is badly worded for one. Breast cancer currently being treated is 174.9 if we do not know the quadrant. The sickle cell with crisis NOS I get 282.62 but there must be an additional code for the crisis. So is the statement saying that the breast cancer is the crisis? I have never heard of that but I guess it is possible.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Bettendorf, IA


    I agree with Debra on this. The question is very poorly worded, and would require more specification in documentation in the "real world" setting. Good luck!

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