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Please help! - I'm trying to find the ICD9 code

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    Question Please help! - I'm trying to find the ICD9 code
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    I'm trying to find the ICD9 code for erythema of colon. Can anyone please help?? The doctor has said this is not a case of colitis, so 558.9 won't work. Any help would be appreciated!

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    "mucosal erythema" is the medical term for abnormal redness of the lining of the colon. erythema is usually a sign of inflammation, such as in cases of colitis. erythema is a generic term.
    I think you can use 556.9(Ulcerative colitis)

    Hope this helps....

    Nalini CPC

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    Nalini, I feel you are very closer to the point ; yes it is one of the sign of inflammation.
    Index directs us to colon inflammation- 558.9.
    it is generalized term not exclusive of ulcerative colitis. All " -itis" would share this common term. so I would prefer 558.9 colitis...., NOS.......
    Will that be ok?

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    Thank you both for your input. I was trying to explain dx 558.9 to the doctor, but he wasn't in agreement with me. Have a wonderful day!

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