AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 1996 Fourth Quarter

Congenital Anomalies of Genital Organs

There are a number of congenital anomalies of the urogenital system which are not specifically classified in the ICD-9-CM. Effective October 1, 1996, new codes have been created to classify them. Undescended and Retractile Testicle Testes form intra-abdominally in the fetus and in the process of differential growth the testes normally descend to their position in the scrotum. Undescended testes refers to the incomplete or improper descent of one or both testes. Incomplete descent, or maldescent of the testis, or arrested testis, refers to the testis lying within the inguinal canal but its descent has been obstructed by mechanical...

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