AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2020 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Inability of Fetal Head to Descend

A 27-year-old female at 39 weeks gestation was admitted for induction of labor, due to transient hypertension and favorable cervix. After artificial rupture of membranes and induction of labor with Pitocin, she progressed to complete dilation. Despite good maternal expulsion efforts, the fetal vertex was never able to descend beyond +2 station, and the baby was delivered by cesarean section. What is the appropriate code assignment to capture a diagnosis of inability of the fetal head to descend beyond +2 station, as the reason for the cesarean section? ...

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