AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2013 Issue 1; Ask the Editor - ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Questions

Creation of Radial Artery Fistula

The surgeon created an anastomosis between the deep branch of the cephalic vein and the radial artery for hemodialysis access. How does the coder know which direction the blood is flowing (“from” what body part, “to” what body part) in order to correctly apply the guideline for the root operation “Bypass”? What is the ICD-10-PCS code assignment for creation of a left proximal radial artery fistula?  ...

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