air leak with pneumothorax
Patient admitted with spontaneous pneumothorax. Small bore chest tube placed and attached to wall suction. Repeat imaging revealed pneumothorax was larger. Pigtail chest tube was changed to a larger one. Large air leak with position change noted today. Repeat chest x-ray is documented as stable and shows slightly smaller pneumothorax. MD notes if airleak does not resolve may need surgical intervention.
Not sure if the air leak is expected with pneumothorax. When is it appropriate to you use code J93.82 Other air leak?