d. See. Refers the coder to another diagnosis. The code will not be given at the
first point. This makes it absolutely necessary that the coder refer to an additional term.
artery -- see Arteriosclerosis
e. See category. Refers the coder to Volume 1. This pertains to three-digit
classifications. For most accurate coding, this step is essential.
EXAMPLE: Fever -- continued
late effect -- see category 326
f. See also. Refers coder to another diagnosis (usually placed in parentheses),
and a code number will be provided in both places. Occasionally, the code will differ.
EXAMPLE: Apophysitis (bone) see also
g. Omit code. Used p rimarily in Volume 3 when the procedure is the method of
approach for an operation.
Laparotomy NEC 54.19
as operative approach -- omit code
exploratory (pelvic) 54.11
reopening of recent operative site (for
control of hemorrhage) (for
exploration) (for incision of
If a laparotomy incision was made for abdominal surgery, the code for
laparotomy would not be used.