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43220 VS 43245

Nicole Posted Tue 31st of January, 2017 10:26:50 AM
Can you please explain the difference between the 43220 and the 43245. Is the only difference that the 43220 is to view the esophagus and the 43245 is to view the esophagus, stomach and duodenum?
SuperCoder Answered Wed 01st of February, 2017 00:41:30 AM

In 43220 physician passes a flexible esophagoscope through the patient's mouth and into the esophagus. A balloon is advanced through the scope to dilate the esophagus. After entering the obstructed region, the balloon is briefly inflated several times to stretch the esophageal tissue. In 43245 physician uses an endoscope to examine the upper gastrointestinal tract to locate an obstruction. The physician passes an endoscope through the patient's mouth into the esophagus. The esophagus, stomach, duodenum, and sometimes the jejunum are viewed. The gastric or duodenal stricture is located. The physician dilates it using various methods, such as a balloon or bogie. If balloon dilation is performed, the balloon is inflated briefly several times to enlarge the stricture. When the dilation is complete, the balloon and endoscope are removed.

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