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    I recently started coding for a gastro practice, & have a question re: the following terms that I am finding when coding colonoscopy w/biopsy:
    friable mucosa
    frond like mucosa
    nodular mucosa
    I have been using 782.2, subcutaneous nodules, for the above terms. Is this right? is there a more specific, or different code I should use?

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    I would not use 782.2 since that is a condition of the skin and other integumentary tissue.

    I would code the reason for the procedure or the findings from the biopsy. The terms you listed are descriptions of the mucosa and have no ICD-9 codes that I am aware of.
    Peggy Y, Green, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CRC
    "To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?" Katharine Graham

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