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Swelling vs Effusion

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    When the physician states swelling of elbow, because the elbow is a joint, do I code
    Effusion of joint or swelling of a limb?

    THe confusion comes also comes in when the impression states "soft tissue swelling"
    Is that coded disorder of tissue? of ....

    ANy help would be greatly appreciated!!

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    I'd go by impression. soft tissue swelling.

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    Salt Lake City
    I would code the swelling as well effusion is fluid in the joint
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    I agree with Jenifer. If it states swelling of elbow, I would code it as effusion- that's what I learned for joints. And I would also code both- 719.02 for the elbow and 729.89 for the swelling as that would cover the soft tissue swelling.

    Brooke Bierman, CPC, CPB
    Coding & Billing Manager
    2014 President AAPC Des Moines Chapter

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