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    I know this has been posted alot, but I wanted to get a general idea of what other coders are using regarding weakness. I work for neurology and get alot of left side weakness, right side weakness, arm weakness and so on. Ive read some posts on using 781.99, 728.87, and 780.79. I want to get opinions on what to use and why, I see 780.79 as "fatigue" meaning "tiredness" which I do not see fitting to these situations. Any Ideas??

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    Quote Originally Posted by selsal View Post
    I know this has been posted alot, but I wanted to get a general idea of what other coders are using regarding weakness. I work for neurology and get alot of left side weakness, right side weakness, arm weakness and so on. Ive read some posts on using 781.99, 728.87, and 780.79. I want to get opinions on what to use and why, I see 780.79 as "fatigue" meaning "tiredness" which I do not see fitting to these situations. Any Ideas??
    If you are working in Neuro I would suggest to check the documentation of patient's history for stroke. If it is a late effect of CVA you can code the late effect code (438.89) along with fatigue

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    I am ok with the late effect of CVA code, it is the additional code to decribe the late effect that I am struggling with. Or in situations that the arm weakness, leg weakness, left, right is all that is given with no history of CVA. So you would use 780.79 (weakness).

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    We could only 780.79 for such scenarios unless it is states as muscle weakness 728.87.
    Girish Dadhich, CPC

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    I use 729.89 per coding clinic.


    AHA Coding Clinicâ for ICD-9-CM, 4Q 1988, Volume 5, Number 4, Page 12

    Question:

    When coding lower extremity weakness, should it be considered generalized weakness or a muscle weakness?

    Answer:

    Weakness of the limb(s) without mention of muscle weakness is assigned to code 729.89, Other musculoskeletal symptoms referable to limbs.

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    thank you for your help! I think 729.89 does sound most appropriate

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    Since it involves neurological also, Why dont we give more descriptive cod eas an additional code - 781.99 along with729.89?
    Last edited by preserene; 07-13-2011 at 12:14 PM.

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