Cracking the Code
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Respiratory failure is a life-threatening condition that is always due to an underlying condition. It may be the final pathway of a disease process or a combination of different processes.
As per the ICD-10-CM guidelines, if we see documented mention of both hypertension and chronic kidney disease, we can assume a causal relationship between them (we see this for hypertension and heart disease as well).