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Burn leading to amputation....dx help please.

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    Red face Burn leading to amputation....dx help please.
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    Ok, this may be a stupid question because I am thinking too far into it; however, I cannot seem to find the answer.

    ICD-9 Burns: Patient had bilateral amputation of forearms due to necrosis of tissue from electrical burns. - here's the question- should I use 943.41 - deep necrosis of underlying tissues [deep third degree] without mention of loss of a body part OR 943.51 - same but withloss of a body part.

    Thank you!!!

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    Girish Dadhich, CPC

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    Thank you! That's what I was leaning toward...

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