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    I have a patient that was seen for a belly button piercing that has become infected. Should I use an injury code or just code the abscess that formed around the piercing? If I use an injury code, what do you suggest? I looked up complications but found nothing suitable. Then and E code is needed. Please help. Any suggestions would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nneecole View Post
    I have a patient that was seen for a belly button piercing that has become infected. Should I use an injury code or just code the abscess that formed around the piercing? If I use an injury code, what do you suggest? I looked up complications but found nothing suitable. Then and E code is needed. Please help. Any suggestions would be awesome.
    All you need is the code for the abscess. Does not matter how they got the abscess.
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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    Thank you Arlene. You are the best!

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