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Localization

Eunice Posted Fri 26th of July, 2013 14:26:55 PM

Under ultrasound guidance, wire localization in the medial aspect of the arm.

Can you please help with correct cpt code?

Thank you!

SuperCoder Answered Mon 29th of July, 2013 09:52:04 AM

Hi,

We are working on this. Please be patient.

Thanks.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 30th of July, 2013 16:18:00 PM

I’m a little confused because you usually see wire localization with breast procedures. So I’m curious whether this involves an axillary lymph node (which could arguably use the usual breast codes) or whether this is a non-breast service, in which case an unlisted code seems a likely possibility.

Could you please confirm this?

Discuss with your physician; you would come to the answer for this real challenge.

Eunice Posted Thu 01st of August, 2013 17:53:55 PM

Contraceptive device in the left arm with prior attempts at resection, which were difficult due to the embedded nature of the foreign body within the fascia musculature. Request is made for ultrasound-guided wire localization of the proximal and distal TIPS of the foreign body in planning for surgical resection

Wire localization of the proximal and distal tips of the foreign body contraceptive device.

Thank you!

SuperCoder Answered Thu 01st of August, 2013 19:06:56 PM

It would be an unlisted code (17999, unlisted procedure, skin, mucous membrane and subQ tissue) with 76942 (Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation) with mod 26 as appropriate.

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