The patient is a 68-year-old male who has been diagnosed with arteriosclerotic leukoencephalopathy. What is the appropriate code assignment for arteriosclerotic leukoencephalopathy? Indexing of leukoencephalopathy leads to code 323.9, Unspecified causes of encephalitis, myelitis, and encephalomyelitis. Indexing of encephalopathy, arteriosclerotic directs to code 437.0, Cerebral atherosclerosis. Binswanger's disease is classified to code 290.12, Presenile dementia. However, none of these codes seem appropriate.
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