Patent processus vaginalis

Created Feb 2002
Reviewed Dec 2019

Query

Patient has bilateral hydroceles and a patent right processus vaginalis.  He went to OT to have a bilateral exploration of groins, ligation of the right patent processus vaginalis and a bilateral vasectomy.  
What code would be assigned to show the ligation of the patent processus vaginalis?  
What diagnosis code would you use for this condition?

Response

Principal diagnosis is N43.3 Hydrocele, unspecified.  The patent processus vaginalis is inherent within this code. Therefore, the procedure code for the repair of the hydrocele is adequate.

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