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Principal diagnosis if there is no correlation between reason for admission and diagnose found at the end

Author: Admin DRG FAQ Views: 1505 Created: 2010-09-28 08:03 Last Updated: 2010-10-27 20:29

In a case where the reason for admission was blood in stools and discharge diagnosis was diaphragmatic hernia, what  is the correct principal diagnosis?

Nikolai v. Schroeders answers:

As there is no correlation between the reason for admission (blood in stools) and the diaphragmatic hernia, the symptom (blood in stools) or the reason you found for this will be the principal diagnosis.