AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Hypertensive Leukoaraiosis

A 72-year-old male with worsening dysarthria and gait disturbance was admitted to rule out acute stroke. The MRI was negative for ischemia but showed diffuse white matter disease and disease in the pons that was due to hypertensive leukoaraiosis. The provider documented, "Hypertensive leukoaraiosis" in his diagnostic statement. What is the code assignment for hypertensive leukoaraiosis? ...

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