Distal Shaft Fracture Diagnosis Code

Distal Shaft Fracture Diagnosis Code

February 20, 2020

Question:
Our surgeon documented the diagnosis as “oblique fracture lower end shaft/diaphysis of radius”. What diagnosis code does KZA recommend based on this documentation? The surgeon and I are not in agreement. I am looking at shaft fracture and the surgeon states it should be an “other physis” diagnosis.

Answer:
KZA recommends you look at S52.33- Category (Oblique fracture of shaft of radius).

S52.33 Oblique fracture of shaft of radius

S52.331 Displaced oblique fracture of shaft of right radius

S52.332 Displaced oblique fracture of shaft of left radius

S52.333 Displaced oblique fracture of shaft of unspecified radius

S52.334 Nondisplaced oblique fracture of shaft of right radius

S52.335 Nondisplaced oblique fracture of shaft of left radius

S52.336 Nondisplaced oblique fracture of shaft of unspecified radius

*This response is based on the best information available as of 02/20/20

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