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General Surgery Coding Alert

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Calculate Diameter to Cut Skin Excision Errors

Question: In an op report for a malignant lesion excision from the patient’s forearm, the surgeon documented an elliptical excision that was 8.3 cm long but only 1.6 cm wide for a 1.2 cm lesion. With so many measurements, I don’t know how to decide the “excised diameter” so I can choose the correct code. Please help. Georgia Subscriber Answer: [...]