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    I'm studying for a coding test and came across a scenario of a female who has hx of breast cancer S/P lumpectomy. Correct codes indicated are V10.3 and V45.71.

    I'm a little confused..I thought V45.71 was for someone who has had total mastectomy "Acquired absence of breast and nipple" ...but just a lumpectomy? Am I confused on this??

    Thanks for your input!
    Len Hales, RN, BSN, CPC

  2. Default Lumpectomy status
    I know this is a late answer but for whoever else may be looking:
    Absence has non essential modifiers (organ or part) and (complete or partial)- so I would say that V45.71 would be appropriate for acquired absence of breast (or part of as in this case) along with the V10.3 for the history of breast cancer.

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