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General Surgery Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Know Your Nose and Throat Anatomy

Question: The op note documents that the surgeon inserted a scope through the nose to examine the larynx. Is that a nasophar­yngoscopy, and should we report the procedure as 92511? SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: No, the code you listed (92511, Nasopharyngoscopy with endoscope (separate procedure)) describes examination of the nasopharynx, not the larynx. The code you should use is 31575 (Laryngoscopy, [...]