Coding plastic bronchitis exacerbation in HLHS?


Does anyone know how to code a plastic bronchitis exacerbation (patient coughing up casts and admitted for this reaosn) in a patient with hypoplastic left heart syndrome?


  • I would use J20.9 Acute bronchitis, unspecified.  As there is no identified  organism.  Plastic bronchitis is also known as fibrinous bronchitis, which is included in the J20.xx bronchitis code.  I would also capture he HLHS as that condition is only palliatively treated unless the patient had a heart transplant.  Hope this helps. 

    Karen Bridgeman 

  • Thank you! Yes, these are the 2 codes I captured so far since the HLHS is palliated and the patient has not received a transplant.
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