Per official ICD-9-CM guidelines:
A late effect is the residual effect (condition produced) after the acute
phase of an illness or injury has terminated. There is no time limit
on when a late effect code can be used. The residual may be apparent
early, such as in cerebrovascular accident cases, or it may occur
months or years later, such as that due to a previous injury.
Whenever the acute phase of a disease is treated and there are no symptoms whatsoever and after that period, if there is any symptom occuring, it should be coded as late effects of that disease.
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