9. Conventions and Instructional Terms
Conventions, abbreviations, and instructional terms used in the procedure classification
are similar to those in the diagnostic classification.
Includes: Inclusions are separate terms entered under a two or three digit code.
These inclusion terms represent only the most frequently used terms and
serve as a guide to examples of the procedures included in the code and title.
Other terms also classified to that code and title are found in the Index. The
location of the term "includes" indicates which codes are included. "Includes"
at section level applies to all codes in that section.
85 Operation on the Breast
Includes: Operations on skin of:
Previous Mastectomy Site
"Includes" at category level applies to all codes in that category.
09.4 Manipulation of lacrimal passage
that will dilation
Exclusions are italicized terms prefaced by a box, indicating that the
code and title do not include these terms. The position of the exclusion
terms is the same as the inclusions and have the same significance as
the inclusion terms with the same application. When both inclusion and
exclusion terms appear together, the inclusion terms are listed first.
Note: Notes appear in the Index and Tabular List.
This instruction tells the coder to look elsewhere for the code.
fallopian tube - see salpingectomy
See Also: This instruction is a suggestion to look further if the main term or subterm(s)
for that entry is insufficient for coding the procedure.
Angioplasty - see also repair, blood vessel