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    Question Fetus fracture Dx???

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    Patient came in for a consult with our ortho Dr. because her unborn fetus has a femur fracture? Can you suggest a diagnosis code for the patient?

    Thank you for all your help!

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    Cool Fetus Femur Fx

    First of all, how was the fracture diagnosed? Did it result from some type of trauma to the mom, or is it congenital? I'm thinking that a code from chapter 11 since the mom is actually the patient..Please provide a bit more information.

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    779.89 ( Other specified conditions originating in the perinatal period).
    821.00 (Fracture of unspecified part of femur)
    E887 (Fracture, cause unknown)

    Hope this helps
    Last edited by TonyaMichelle; 11-21-2011 at 11:33 AM.

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    The fracture was seen during mother's 30 weeks routine sonogram. She consulted the Dr. to determine if the baby should be treated when born.

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    So that would mean that the appointment was all about the baby's condition, not the mother's, so the baby is actually the patient. Am I correct for saying so?? If this is so, the baby gets his/her own medical chart because Chapter 15 codes are never to be used on the maternal record.

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