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Need diagnosis for elevated sodium

  1. #1
    Melbourne, Florida
    Default Need diagnosis for elevated sodium
    Medical Coding Books
    need ICD-9 for elevated sodium...
    I thought I would locate this one rather quickly.. I am not sure if it considered elevated sodium or hyper...sodium... err.. na+

    I'm stumped...Any feedback is appreciated.. thanks
    Denise Gilrane-Pillow, CPB

  2. #2
    If you go to the "Finding (abnormal)" section you will find a code for Sodium 790.6
    Hope this helps

  3. #3
    Melbourne, Florida
    Many thanks..i knew it was out there...... I looked in the abnormals and forgot about the findings /abnormals ..
    You're the best..
    Last edited by Pillow1; 07-15-2010 at 08:19 AM. Reason: typo
    Denise Gilrane-Pillow, CPB

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    I code ER records and I see elevated sodium frequently as the chief complaint and the clinical impression almost always turns out to be hypernatremia, so when I see this I consider it to be hypernatremia. So I would use dx 276.0. So w/out seeing the documentation 790.6 could be appropriate for your case. Hope this helps!

  5. #5

    If not stated as elevated or deficiency, in that case we can code with 790.6.

    If specified as elevated sodium, it refers to hypernatremia - 276.0 or for deficiency code it is hyponatremia - it goes to 276.1.

    Hope it helps,

    Thank You,

    Purnima S, CPC

  6. #6
    Melbourne, Florida
    Many Thanks.. elevated sodium ..hypernatremia 276.0 is perfect!
    Denise Gilrane-Pillow, CPB

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