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    Default Retained left PE tube

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    what is the diagnosis for a Retained PE tube ?


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    We have always used 385.83 - retained foreign body of middle ear

    CT ENT

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    996.59 Complications peculiar to certain specified procedures; mechanical complication of other specified prosthetic device, implant, and graft; due to other implant and internal device, not elsewhere classified

    for removal we use this code because technically the tube is not a foreign body, it is an implant

    If you are to code to the most specific ICD-9 code then you would use 996.59 and v58.49

    with 69424

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    Stuart Sailfish Chapter


    We have always used 385.83 Retained FB middle ear.
    Candice Fenildo, CPC, CPMA, CPB, CENTC, CPC-I
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    Could you please post documentation that an ear tube is a foreign body

    I would really like to know if that is official. I was always told that the implant is not a foreign body.....

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    996.59 (non-functioning PE tubes)

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