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Urgent: Post-op Ileus Question

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    Hi All

    Quick (and I think easy) question: The case I am coding (obviously inpt as pt had a hemicolectomy) followed by a post-op ileus (definitive diagnosis); I'm all set with each of those!

    However I am at one of those "brain freezes"!!! :-)

    Do you code the "post-op vomiting after GI surgery" (ICD-9 564.3)? I know its just a symptom, and we have the definitive of an ileus, or do we leave it alone?



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    I code IP too. I would not code that vomiting as this is most likely caused by the ileus. I often question things like this too. You never know when you are going to have a "brain freeze"!

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