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    Default Brain/ Head MRI

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    In outpatient coding,the dictation states:

    Low volume loss?

    What does that mean>

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    can you post the report?
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    Fort Smith, AR


    I found this on a radiology Q&A website, I will add the link below. This seems appropriate.

    What is the code for brain volume loss?
    This is a nonspecific finding that could be age-related and/or unrelated to the reason for the exam. If the only finding is volume loss, you should code the presenting signs and symptoms.


    Darla Sims CPC, CPC-H

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    Good one !

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    Link was great! Thanks

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    "Low volume loss" is probably a euphemism for atrophy. When the brain shrinks, the cranium can fill up with CSF. Patients presenting with neuro type symptoms (all ages...I see this ) are often found to have atrophy on MRI. Of course, this is only one of many reasons for brain-related symptoms.

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