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Tip of the Week: Bankart and SLAP Lesions

By Lori Becks, RHIA
October 12, 2011

Both a Bankart and a SLAP lesion are tears in the superior glenoid labrum of the shoulder. Although they are sometimes used interchangeably, they are not the same. A SLAP lesion is a tear that occurs above the middle of the socket where the biceps tendon attaches and may involve that tendon. A Bankart tear is one that occurs below the middle of the socket involving the inferior glenohumeral ligament. The diagnostic code for a SLAP lesion is 840.7. There is no specific index entry for ‘Bankart’ in the alphabetic index, either alone or under ‘lesion’ or ‘tear’. Since there is no specified code for a Bankart type tear, assign code 718.81 Other joint derangement, shoulder, NEC.

 

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