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clogged PICC line

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    Need other's opinions. PICC line is clogged and line is flushed with heparin. What dx code would be appropriate?

    Thanks for any help.

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    Look at 996.1 since it is a vascular line and a complication. See if that helps. Any other suggestions?

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    I am leaning towards 996.74 - Occlusion of vascular device.
    Girish Dadhich, CPC

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    So Girish what is this due to? You don't have the reason for the clog or what is surrounding it as in hemorrhage, fibrosis stenosis, etc. for the .74

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgf-CPC View Post
    So Girish what is this due to? You don't have the reason for the clog or what is surrounding it as in hemorrhage, fibrosis stenosis, etc. for the .74
    IMO, an occlusion means obstruction of something w/o any further clarification whether it is due to thrombus, embolus, or if there was any hemorrhage or not. Clog means the same too. Code 996.1 is rather for the conditions in which device has complications due to its own functioning and not externally affected. The excludes portions also states for Occlusion NOS (also can be called clog) codes this to 996.74.

    HTH.
    Girish Dadhich, CPC

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