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Silicone Granuloma/Siliconoma due to leaking breast implants

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    Martinez, CA
    Question Silicone Granuloma/Siliconoma due to leaking breast implants
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    The patient has breast lumps that are diagnosed as silicone granulomas due to leaking breast implants. However, the implants have long been removed Technically speaking, this is a late effect of the leaking silicone implants.

    If the implants were still there, it would code to 996.79.

    However, with no implants, how can we say that there is truly a complication of the prosthesis?

    I'm inclined to code this as a granuloma. I'd like to hear what others think.

    Brian Proosow, CCS, CPC
    The Permanente Medical Group

  2. Default late effect
    Did you ever look at code 909.3

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