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Periventricular White Matter Change

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    Default Periventricular White Matter Change
    Medical Coding Books
    What code is suitable for this?

  2. Default
    Can you give a little more info. Who is the patient ie child or adult? What is this DX based on? eval or Rad report etc

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    Is this a CT or MRI? Please give more info! thanks

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    MRI and it is an adult. trauma. This would be incidental but not sure how to code it. That is the only words I have on entire note.

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    still looking for this if anyone knows of this. I actually see this quite frequently as a diagnosis on MRI's. A lot of times it may just state white matter change. I have a really hard time w/ trying to find a diagnosis out of thigs listed as "change" such as emphysematous "change" or white matter "change" or copd "change". Is this standard jargon???

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    just wanted to post what i found:

    this could be coded as an abnormal finding and does not define a specific disease or abnormality.

    just wanted to share.

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    This is standard usage "changes" and with this I have been given 437.0 to use by a Rad but then this is only my opinion but thought I would give it!

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    Unhappy white matter changes
    I work with a coder that has been coding radiology for over 10 years and she said that there isn't a code for "white matter changes" it is just age related.( Sometimes you just have to use the signs and symptoms. I hope this helps.

  9. Default White matter changes
    Code 437.0 is used for statement of "white matter changes"

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    Salt Lake City
    I always have used 348.89
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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