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Is there a CPT code for surgical cautery procedure?

Lori Posted Tue 12th of March, 2013 14:57:51 PM


One if our patients was bleeding under the toenail due to a toe injury (subungual hematoma). The pediatrician drained the blood from under the toenail and we were wondering if there is a CPT code for surgical cautery procedure. Please let us know if there is such a CPT code.
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SuperCoder Answered Thu 14th of March, 2013 14:06:22 PM

The correct procedure code is 11740 (Evacuation of subungual hematoma). The corresponding diagnosis code would be 924.3 (Contusion of lower limb and of other and unspecified sites; toe), which includes hematomas under the toenail.

As a secondary diagnosis, you may also want to report an appropriate "E" code to reflect the external cause of the injury, if appropriate.

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