AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 4; Ask the Editor

Diabetes Mellitus & Gas Gangrene

A 71-year-old male with type 2 diabetes mellitus presented to the Emergency Department with a swollen gangrenous right foot that was diagnosed as gas gangrene. Does the Alphabetic Index subentry for “with gangrene” under the main term “diabetes,” include gas gangrene? If so, should we also report code A48.0 to specify the gangrene as gas gangrene?  What are the appropriate code assignments for gas gangrene in a type 2 diabetic patient? ...

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