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Capture Nail Matrix Biopsy Work

Question: We received a toenail matrix biopsy for melanoma, which the pathologist examined using S-100 staining on each of two blocks. How should we code the case? Louisiana Subscriber Answer: The correct code for the pathology exam of the nail matrix biopsy is 88305 (Level IV - Surgical pathology, gross and microscopic examination … Skin, other than cyst/tag/debridement/plastic repair …). You should [...]