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    Default Subacute & chronic cholecystitis

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    The patient had a lap chole performed and the path report came back as subacute and chronic cholecystitis. I am not sure whether to use the dx code for just chronic cholecystitis or the dx code for both acute and chronic cholecystitis? Any suggestions please?

    I am leaning more towards chonic cholecystitis.

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    Wink Cholecystitis

    I agree that you should only use the code for Chronic Cholecystitis. I am the coder for a General Surgery practice, and have also seen the "sub-acute" note on path reports. If it does not document acute, you cannot code acute.

    Hope that helps,

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    yes it does thank you so much.

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    There is a Coding Clinic from 2008 that states a subacute diagnosis should be coded as acute.
    Michelle Cook, CPC, CPMA, CGSC, CEMC

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