Exam: Nail bed discoloration

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Exam: Nail bed discoloration

Postby Shoshana » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:02 pm

Can "nail bed discoloration" count as respiratory since it is looked at to determine cyanosis?
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Re: Exam: Nail bed discoloration

Postby bill.wong » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:03 pm

Being a former clinician myself, I would say "No." Discoloration of nail bed can also be due to other factors such as blunt trauma (i.e, Subungual Hematoma) or infection. Therefore, a coder cannot make that clinical judgement.
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