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Current RMA Instruments:
|Reasonable Hypothesis SOP||3 of 2011|
|Balance of Probabilities SOP||4 of 2011|
Changes from Previous Instruments:
- ICD-9-CM Codes: 456.4
- ICD-10-AM Codes: I86.1
A varicocele is the equivalent of varicose veins, affecting the network of veins draining the testicle. It presents as a “bag of worms” mass in the upper scrotum. It may be asymptomatic or cause mild symptoms.
Is specific diagnostic evidence required to apply the SOP? – No.
Are there sub-factors that require specific information? – No.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
- Scrotal varices
Conditions not covered by SOP
- Varices of other sites
If, after applying the above information, you are unable to confirm the diagnosis, you should then:
- seek medical officer advice about further investigation, or;
- generate a diagnostic report, or;
- re-encode the condition, if appropriate.
The following investigations may be useful in establishing the diagnosis.
- Nil - diagnosis made clinically.