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    Cool "E" code(s) for non-heal surg wound?

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    Patient has surgery and the wound opens up a couple of weeks later. It is now a non-healing wound. Any suggestions on the correct "E" codes for this situation?

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    You can use a complication code (998.3X) Disruption of wound. For the E code you would need to know how/why the wound is opening up. ie is it due to and external event/act...Or is it due to other internal situations, ie diabetes......

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    Default Dehiscence!!!

    Dehiscence def: A bursting open, splitting, or gaping along natural or sutured lines.
    You will find this in your ICD-9 - postoperative 998.32

    An E code can never be as a first diagnosis, it is only used to describe
    the circumstances of the dehiscence.

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    if it was documented as a non healing wound ,not a dehiscence or disruption, i would use 998.83..the best i could do for the e-code is E878.8
    Last edited by DOVERRED; 05-09-2010 at 05:39 AM.

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