AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Gouty Arthropathy

Effective October 1, 2009, subcategory 274.0, Gouty arthropathy, has been expanded and new codes created to identify the progressive stages of gouty arthropathy. Gout is the result of overproduction of uric acid or the kidney's inability to eliminate uric acid from the body. Uric acid is formed from the breakdown of purines found naturally in tissues of the body and in certain foods. When crystals of uric acid are deposited into the joints and soft tissue, they cause burning joint pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness and degenerative changes. Although excessive uric acid in the blood does not always progress...

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