Hydrocephalus, to code or not to code?
Recently we were told not to code hydrocephalus in a patient who has a VP shunt as the "hydrocephalus isn't present anymore", just wondering what others do. I know congenital malformations that have been corrected should be coded as a history of but has the hydrocephalus really been corrected? If the catheter kinks or malfunctions then the hydrocephalus is there to cause issues and revisions and/or replacements must be made. We were advised just to code the VP shunt status.
I just wanted to get everyone's thoughts/advice as our coders have always coded the hydrocephalus and the VP shunt status. It's kind of like asthma, copd, chf, etc.. the condition really isn't going to go away and the patient is always monitored for it.
Thanks in Advance,