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    Question Respiratory Distress??

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    I recently attended a seminar and the presenter suggested to use acute respiratory failure, 518.81 when the diagnosis read "acute respiratory distress". I usually use code 786.09 for the resp. distress but she suggested not to use that code and said they were "one in the same". Any thoughts?

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    If you look at the code description under acute respiratory failure 518.81 it excludes respiratory distress which is 518.82

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    Thank you!

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