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    We are having problems coming up with a code for infected seroma from a contusion to the leg.

    The infected seroma code leads to postoperative late effect.

    Can we use that code 998.51 or 906.3?

    Barbara Phillips CPC-H

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    When you are looking in the Index to Diseases under seroma, the paranthetical notes state - not infected - so the codes you mention which are listed there don't apply, and postop codes also don't aply, I think seromas are usually considered postop sterile fluid collections. Since the seroma is out, a coder must be creative but fair ( the subjective part of coding ) so I looked under abscess and found a specific code for the leg - 682.6 Also code the contusion 924.5 in my opinion

    John Manter RN, CCS, CPC

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