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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.

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