Home » Categories » ICD-9-CM Coding

Infected Ulcer of the Leg


Question

A patient comes in for lab work for "infected leg ulcer".  We could only comes up with the ulcer code.  Do/should we also report a code for the infection? 686.9 or 136.9?

Answer

The index for ICD-9 includes "Infection, skin, ulcer 707.9."  Therefore, only the 707 category code would be necessary for an infected leg ulcer.

Disclaimer: All articles intended for general guidance only and not as a recommendation for a specific situation. Readers should consult an official source (AHA, AMA, etc.) or a qualified attorney for specific legal guidance.
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Related Articles RSS Feed
Recurrent Subdural Hematoma
Viewed 4300 times since Wed, Oct 12, 2011
Surgery For FB Foot Nothing Found
Viewed 1390 times since Thu, Apr 28, 2011
Postoperative Ileus
Viewed 2930 times since Fri, Jun 17, 2011
Outpatient Surgery To OBS
Viewed 961 times since Thu, Oct 6, 2011
Coding Supplemental Oxygen
Viewed 2688 times since Wed, Apr 6, 2011
Axillary Lump
Viewed 8399 times since Thu, Apr 14, 2011
Which of Two Diagnosis Would be Principal?
Viewed 1991 times since Tue, Aug 28, 2012
Borderline Serous Ovarian Tumor
Viewed 4659 times since Tue, Jun 14, 2011
Chest Pain
Viewed 1921 times since Wed, Sep 21, 2011
Non-St Elevation MI a Supply and Demand Mismatch
Viewed 10662 times since Wed, Mar 13, 2013
Quorum Health Resources, LLC :: 105 Continental Place Brentwood, TN 37027 :: Phone: (615) 371-4506