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Question: How should I code a transendoscopic duodenal stent placement? Iowa Subscriber Answer: The correct code for endoscopic duodenal stent placement depends on the base procedure, whether an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (EGD) or an esophagoscopy. For the EGD, report 43266 (Esophagogastroduo­denoscopy, flexible, transoral; with placement of endoscopic stent (includes pre- and post-dilation and guide wire passage, when performed)). For stent placement during [...]