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Radiculopathy and/or myelopathy with spinal condition

Date: Apr 2, 2021


A patient presents with an order for imaging for radiculopathy, sciatic pain, neuritis, or radiculitis, and the final impression states the patient has DDD or DJD. The impression does not mention compression or relating the radiculopathy to the disorder, but the patient clearly has the symptoms per the order. Can we still code DDD or DJD with the radiculopathy if a link isn't made in the impression?

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