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FAQ: Coding Celiac Artery Stenosis

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

 | Coding 


Documentation in the record revealed the patient had Celiac Artery Stenosis. The encoder assigned Celiac Artery Compression Syndrome (I77.4) which was not documented in the record. Is code I77.4 the correct code for Celiac Artery Stenosis?


No, because Celiac Artery Compression Syndrome is compression caused by a fibrous band of the diaphragm and is not the same as Celiac Artery Stenosis.  The appropriate code for Celiac Artery Stenosis is Stricture of an Artery (I77.1). Coding Clinic advises to search for the more appropriate code if the code title assigned from the Index does not correctly describe the condition.




National Library of Medicine

Coding Clinic, 3Q 2021, page 12

Article Author: Anita Meyers, RHIT, CCS
Anita Meyers, RHIT, CCS, is an Inpatient Coding Professional at Medical Management Plus. Anita has over twenty-six years of experience in inpatient and outpatient coding including 17 years of work at AQAF reviewing inpatient and outpatient records from Alabama hospitals. In addition to reviewing records she was the team leader in Beneficiary Services where she participated in case review activities, received and processed beneficiary complaints and handled fee-for-service denials for home health, hospice and skilled nursing facility services. Prior to joining the MMP team, Anita left AQAF to become an inpatient contract coder and worked at various hospitals in central Alabama. In her current position, Anita is an integral part of the Inpatient Services at Medical Management Plus.

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