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code for cholangioscopy with biopsy

Tiffany Posted Mon 20th of August, 2012 13:40:02 PM

GI – What is the code for cholangioscopy with biopsy in the bile duct? Patient underwent surgery and the surgeon requested a GI doc to pass an endoscope through an opening made by the surgeon for biopsy of the bile duct.

SuperCoder Answered Mon 20th of August, 2012 16:39:58 PM

47553 is the code which fits the scenario.The patient is placed supine on the procedure table and prepped and draped sterilely. The physician inserts an endoscope through an existing tube or ostomy. Dye may be injected to help the physician visualize structures. One or more samples of the site of concern are taken. The physician removes the samples and tools.

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