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

Morel-Lavallee Lesion

This is a 68-year-old woman who had a history of a fall from a horse. The patient suffered multiple severe injuries which were treated surgically. Subsequently, the patient developed a hematoma (fluid collection) in her left thigh. The thigh area had become infected and developed cellulitis and abscess. The patient presented to the emergency department with complaints of fever and increasing pain. She was evaluated by the Orthopedic Trauma Service and later admitted for treatment of left thigh Morel-Lavallee lesion. An incision and drainage of soft tissue of the left thigh was performed. What is the correct code assignment for Morel-Lavallee lesion? ...

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