AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2018 Issue 2; Ask the Editor
Kennedy Terminal Ulcer
The patient is a 79-year-old male under hospice care for advanced metastatic carcinoma, who suddenly developed a full-thickness pressure ulcer. The ulcer did not respond to treatment, and the patient expired several weeks later. In his final diagnostic statement, the provider listed “Kennedy ulcer.” Studies have shown that a Kennedy ulcer develops rapidly during the end of life phase in terminally ill patients. What is the appropriate ICD-10-CM code assignment for a Kennedy (terminal) ulcer? ...
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