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    I need to find out if the code for evacuation of hemoperitoneum is 49020. If it is not, could anyone tell me what code I would use for that?

    Thanks for your help.

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    What was the method of approach?
    Hemoperitonium can be evaluated by multiple view techniques by U.S, by exploratory laparotomy, CT, or diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) as the criterion standard. Or by laparoscopy
    WAS it just evaluation only.

    What was the underlying cause for hemoperitonium to place the diagnosis code?

    As per the info you provided, and since you seek the 49xxxx code, it seems it was a Laparotomy procedure. Was it so?

    So, if evaluation alone by open approach, then I would like to use 49000,instead of 49020. 'Evaluation' laparotomy in your case, is mounting to 'exploration' laparotomy only. 'Exploratory laparotomy' will take care of removal of the bood clots and clearing of the hemoperitonium as its component.
    But there should be definitely an underlying pathology which caused the hemoperitonium (Blood in the peritoneal cavity); hemoperitonium is not an entity of its own, but, a sequlae of say, trauma, perforation, rupture of visceral organs of ectopic rupture and so on.

    49020 -49062 go for peritonitis, abscesses and lymphocele not for hemoperitonium.

    I hope this could help you
    Last edited by preserene; 09-28-2010 at 09:25 PM.

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