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    Hi! I have a patient that came in with a tick embedded in the back of a child's head. Would this be a foreign body or a bug bite?? I'm leaning more towards the foreign body because we had to use tweezers and pressure to remove it but I'm not sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicerno View Post
    Hi! I have a patient that came in with a tick embedded in the back of a child's head. Would this be a foreign body or a bug bite?? I'm leaning more towards the foreign body because we had to use tweezers and pressure to remove it but I'm not sure...

    Thanks!!
    Are you asking for the diagnosis, or procedure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicerno View Post
    Hi! I have a patient that came in with a tick embedded in the back of a child's head. Would this be a foreign body or a bug bite?? I'm leaning more towards the foreign body because we had to use tweezers and pressure to remove it but I'm not sure...

    Thanks!!
    I am assuming you mean a diagnosis code and I would go with 910.4 Insect bite, nonvenomous, without mention of infection. Not really a foreign body, like a splinter of wood, since it is an insect.
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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