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dx code - how to code tortuous

  1. #1
    Default dx code - how to code tortuous
    Medical Coding Books
    Does anyone know how to code tortuous thoracic aorta?

    Thank you,

  2. #2
    Thumbs up Dx
    If you look on pg 932 under Disease of the Circulatory Systems you should find a code that specific what you need

  3. Default
    Some coders use 440.0
    I was told to use that by
    a coding consultant group

  4. #4
    San Juan
    Default dx code
    Well, the ICD-9 manual leads you to code 447.1.

    Gabriel Rafael Aponte, MBA, RN, CPC, COC, CIC, CRC, CPMA, CCC, CHONC, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP

  5. #5
    I get the 447.1 also.
    Anna Weaver, CPC, CPMA, CEMC
    Associate Auditor

  6. Default Diagnosis Code for Tortous Aorta
    You may want to try 447.1 - Stricture of Artery

  7. #7
    447.1 "ARTERY" IS NOT AORTA ....... you may wanna break it down... tortuous thoracic aorta? tortuous= 1.full of twists and turns:
    synonyms: twisting ? twisty ? twisting and turning ? winding ? windy ? zigzag ?
    sinuous ? snaky ? serpentine ? meandering ? circuitous
    2.excessively lengthy and complex:
    if you look at DISTORTION you get distortion aorta =747.29 go to your tubular and 747.29= DILATION OF AORTA.... go back to index look up dilation.
    LOOK UP ECTASIA, YOU GET ectasia aorta=see also ectasia aortic
    aortic abdominal= 447.72
    aortic thoracic= 447.71
    aortic thoracoabdominal=447.73
    go to tabular to confirm.
    hope this helps alittle...

    jesse c
    medical coder

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