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The Cardiff Diagnostic Classification is a pediatric orientated code manual based on the 1967 edition of The International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
This manual is well organized, easy to use, and includes the majority of conditions encountered in pediatric practice. It is compatible with and easily related to the ICD and International Classification of Diseases Adapted (ICDA) manuals. New numbers, when needed, are created by adding additional digits to the basic code number. It would serve well for anyone who wants a code system which is interchangeable with these systems and adequate for pediatric use.
There are, however, some disadvantages. First, there is no numerical list which poses a distinct handicap. On many occasions, it is easier to find the appropriate code number in a numerical system than in an alphabetical one. Is aortic stenosis under "A" for aorta, "C" for cardiac, or "S" for stenosis. Second, the six digit
AMBUEL JP. The Cardiff Diagnostic Classification, Codes Designed for Use in Paediatric Departments. Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(2):194. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050196032
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