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    Patient admitted with upper GI Bleed (blood in stool). DC Summary for inpatient indicates: "upper GI showed an area of of irregularity; this was felt to represent possible gastritis, though it was noted that a small ulcer could not be ruled out".

    Should the blood in stool be principal followed by the gastritis with hemorrhage and ulcer?

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    New Delhi, India


    PDx: UGI.
    SDx: Blood in stool.

    I do not think we can code anything other than these.
    Girish Dadhich, CPC

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    Apr 2007


    I can't use UGI bleed followed by blood in stool, because blood in stool a subcategory of the gastrointestinal bleed, and is more specific right? So I would just use blood in stool?

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    Should I also use abnormal findings on radiologic exam of abdomen?

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    Apr 2007
    Columbus GA


    Yes you could use 793.4 for GI.

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