AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2012 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Gastrocutaneous Fistula Following Gastrostomy

A 3-year-old male is status post removal of gastrostomy tube after 6 months of non-usage. Provider documentation indicates, “Given failure of the G-tube site to close over the past 2 weeks, the patient is now referred to the general pediatric surgery clinic for evaluation of G-tube site and possible closure of gastrocutaneous fistula.” The surgeon carried out closure of the gastrocutaneous fistula. What is the principal diagnosis? ...

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