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    Is there a Dx for Abnormal DRE ?

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    I have yet to find a specific code for abnormal DRE. Look at 602.8 and see if that's close. It's usually what I ended up using.
    Teresa D

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    I would hesitate to leap from abnormal DRE to prostate disorder.

    What if he just found blood or felt some lesions/lumps unrelated to the prostate? I would ask the Doc what was abnormal and to append the note to document the specifics of what he found/felt

    A digital rectal exam (DRE) can be done to:
    --Check for growths in or enlargement of the prostate gland in men.
    --Check for problems in a woman's reproductive organs , such as the uterus and ovaries. It may also be done to check on symptoms, such as pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding.
    --Help find the cause of symptoms such as rectal bleeding (blood in the stool), belly or pelvic pain, a change in urination, or a change in bowel habits.
    --Collect a stool sample to test for blood in the stool.
    --Check for hemorrhoids or growths, such as cancer, in the rectum.
    Last edited by sbicknell; 06-12-2010 at 04:20 PM.

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    Thank you very much to you both!

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    we use 796.4 for abnormal clinical findings, but i also agree with asking the doctor what was abnormal??
    Stacey Lindsey-Smathers, CPC, RMC

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