AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2002 Fourth Quarter; VOLUMES 1 AND 2 NEW/REVISED DIAGNOSIS CODES

Venous Disease

Varicose Veins Prior to October 1, 2002, the codes for varicose veins distinguished those with ulcers or inflammations, but not other symptoms associated with this problem. A new code 454.8 has been created to report varicose veins with other complications (edema, pain, and swelling), and code 454.9 has been modified to report asymptomatic or uncomplicated varicose veins. 454 Varicose veins of the lower extremities New code 454.8 With other complications Add Edema Add Pain Add Swelling Revise 454.9 Without mention of ulcer or inflammation Asymptomatic varicose veins Add Varicose veins NOS Postphlebetic Syndrome Effective October...

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