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Aspiration vs Core Biopsy

George Posted Mon 15th of April, 2013 13:22:31 PM

What is the difference in cystic mass, cyst, and mass? Example: A woman has a 3cm cystic mass in the left breast which is biopsied via FNA. CPT codes used 19000 and 76942. Would the diagnosis be 610.0 or 611.72?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 16th of April, 2013 16:28:02 PM

A mass in the mammary gland, either mobile or immobile. Once the mass has reached the size of a small garden pea, it can be detected by palpation. With mammography a larger number of early breast cancers are being detected since this techniques allows detection prior to the point at which the mass can be felt. Breast masses are not always malignant. Benign fibrocystic breast disease is not uncommon. A fine needle biopsy aspiration can distinguish a cystic mass from a solid one.
ICD-9-CM 611.72 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.

George Posted Tue 16th of April, 2013 17:43:18 PM

Thank you.

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