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Code for finding on venous ultrasound

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    The following conclusion is quoted from a lower extremity ultrasound: "Tiny few millimeter focus mid-superficial femoral vein noncompressible compatible with a venous disease of uncertain age." I've had no luck in the ICD-9-CM manual in "findings," "abnormal," or "disorder." I am new and would appreciate any insights to properly code this. Many thanks.

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    As a f/u--a colleague suggested 443.9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlescoder View Post
    The following conclusion is quoted from a lower extremity ultrasound: "Tiny few millimeter focus mid-superficial femoral vein noncompressible compatible with a venous disease of uncertain age." I've had no luck in the ICD-9-CM manual in "findings," "abnormal," or "disorder." I am new and would appreciate any insights to properly code this. Many thanks.
    Go to Disease, vein ( venous ) 459.9, Unspecified circulatory system disorder
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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    Thanks so much, Arlene.

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    Compatible with venous disease can't be coded – that's considered an uncertain diagnosis (for physicians and outpatient hosp.). Either use the clinical indication or something like 793.9

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajrichmond View Post
    Compatible with venous disease can't be coded – that's considered an uncertain diagnosis (for physicians and outpatient hosp.). Either use the clinical indication or something like 793.9
    Correct; however, the phrase, ""Tiny few millimeter focus mid-superficial femoral vein noncompressible . . . " was the jist of the coding question. Thanks for the input.

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