Answer: An acrochordon is a pendulous outgrowth of dermal tissue commonly seen around the armpit, groin or neck. Other names for the growth are -soft wart- or -skin tag.-
The proper code for your pathologist's examination of such an excised tissue is 88304 (Level III--Surgical pathology, gross and microscopic examination, skin--cyst/tag/debridement). Reader Questions and You Be the Coder were prepared with the assistance of R.M. Stainton Jr., MD, president of Doctors- Anatomic Pathology Services in Jonesboro, Ark.