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Swelling on physical examination

  1. Question Swelling on physical examination
    Medical Coding Books
    Any one please clarify this:

    A person having swelling around the joint. Here, shall we consider swelling as a component of skin examination or examination fo the musculoskeletal system?

    Thank You

  2. #2
    I personally would consider it MS and not an exam element of skin.

    If you look at the bullets for 97 it seems to fit more in with inspection and or palpation of the MS than of the skin.

    Laura, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

  3. #3
    Milwaukee WI
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    Unless it's really "edema" which falls under cardiovascular.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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