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Loss of Lordosis coding

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    I'm trying to figure out this "Loss of Lordosis" coding. Has anyone come accross this yet?
    Adam L. Shoop CPC
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    Lordosis is the natural curvature of the spine so loss of lordosis maybe 738.5
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcpolin View Post
    Lordosis is the natural curvature of the spine so loss of lordosis maybe 738.5
    Ahh ok, very nice. I can see how that one would work. Thank you.
    Adam L. Shoop CPC
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    As a medical term lordosis is actual an abnormal condition of a foward bending of the spine, as in that which is more than normal... suffix sis means condition of. Lordo root word bending forward.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    you are right I guess I was thinking more of an abnormality would be hyperlordosis so if you have loss of excessive curvature would that also be considered an abnormality?
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    HAHHAHA! You got me there! I had no answer for Adam on this one as I am thinking if the patient had lordosis, then due to exercise and weight loss perhaps is walking more erect and as a result has a more natural curvature, is that what he means by a loss of lordosis?, in which case I am thinking we need no diagnosis to say the patient is getting better except for maybe a V code but I am not sure which one maybe follow up? I think more information is really needed.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    I am thinking more info is needed on this one. "Loss of" indicates that the curvature is being corrected in some way. We use 737- 737.9 depending on type or 738.5 if it is NOS. If the curvature is gone, we do not code it. Good luck!

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