What code would I use for an axilla wound d/t CA recurrence. Pt. is taking antibiotic but no further treatment. SN for wound care. Thank you
From 5/1/2017 Diagnosis Coding Pro:
Code only the breast neoplasm, such as C50.512 (Malignant neoplasm of lower-outer quadrant of left female breast), when a patient’s breast tumor has broken through her skin and caused an ulcer.
The cancer code includes the care of the ulcer and therefore no additional code is necessary, according to the alphabetic index. A search in the alphabetic index under “ulcer, malignant” tells the coder to “See neoplasm, malignant, by site.”