AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2010 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Saddle Embolism of Pulmonary Artery

A 74-year-old female presented to the emergency room with shortness of breath with ambulation and chest pain with palpitations. She was admitted and a CT of the chest was obtained with findings of a saddle embolus extending into the left pulmonary artery. She was placed on respiratory protocol. The provider's final diagnostic statement indicates "acute saddle embolism with right bundle branch block secondary to pulmonary embolism." What is the correct code assignment for saddle embolism extending into the pulmonary artery? ...

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