AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 3; Ask the Editor
Shift and Mass Effect and Brain Compression
The patient suffered an acute subdural hematoma with shift and mass effect. We have been instructed by a consultant that shift and mass effect are clinically synonymous with brain compression and should be coded as such. Would it be appropriate to assign code 348.4, Compression of brain, based on the provider's documentation of "mass effect or midline shift"? ...
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