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    Unhappy DX code for "Breath Sounds"

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    Can anyone help with a diagnosis code for "Breath Sounds" ? Than you all for your help !

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    Duluth, Minnesota


    quinnwebb, in what context? could you specify a bit more? is it labored? normal? part of an exam?
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    Red face DX for "Breath Sounds"

    The doc is not being very specific. The patient does have COPD and GERD so I would expect there to be sounds while the patient is breathing. This is about all the info that I have. Thank you for your help.

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    Duluth, Minnesota


    in that case, I'd code the COPD and GERD and not worry about a dx for "breath sounds"..
    {that's my opinion/advice on the posted matter}
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    I have used 786.7 before for abnormal breath sounds. But the doc stated what he was hearing. You can use 496 for COPD and that too would confirm any breathing problems.

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    we can not assign any code if doc states only ' breath sounds'.

    Abhishek Rane CPC

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