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bleeding 4 wks post d&c

  1. Smile bleeding 4 wks post d&c
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    I am still a new ER coder and have a pt who has been bleeding 4 wks since havinga d&c. Bleeding increased greatly after standing today and she came to ER. 4 weeks out seems a long time out to code bleeding complicating a procedure but that is the origanl cause. Is there a time period to consider so this would be a status post procedure only or is anything beginning after a procedure complicating it?
    Thanks in advance for any help. miss Lori

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    Hi Lori:

    I agree that bleeding 4 weeks post D&C seems too long. Most discharge instructions note bleeding may last 2 or even 3 weeks. Without the medical record, it is difficult to give a definite answer. Could the presenting problem be her normal period that usually starts 4-6 weeks post-op, bleeding due to fibroids, coagulopathy or trauma?

    If the documentation is unclear, query the provider.

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    Be it abortion or delivery , the puerperal period is 42days. So when it falls during this period ,it is post abortal bleeding -still some remnants of the products may be there.
    So it goes for 'complications', unless the physician documented another diagnosis for sure.
    (as Majo gave some diagnosis).
    Thank you

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