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How to Report Vallecular Cyst Marsupialization

Question: The otolaryngologist inserted a Dedo laryngoscope into the oral cavity. This showed a mucous cyst in the vallecula that the surgeon marsupialized. He sent a portion for pathologic examination. What would be the correct CPT® code for this procedure? West Virginia Subscriber Answer: The correct code is 31535 (Laryngoscopy, direct, operative, with biopsy). Condition note: Laryngeal cysts can occur in any [...]

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