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Placement of abdominal transperitoneal drain

Randi Posted Tue 28th of August, 2012 13:02:33 PM

What is the cpt code for placement of abdominal transperitoneal drain for spontaneous intestinal perforation and extreme prematurity?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 29th of August, 2012 22:04:21 PM

Hi Randi,

We are researching on this. Please bear till the time.

Thank You

Randi Posted Tue 04th of September, 2012 18:29:33 PM

Is this still being researched?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 04th of September, 2012 20:37:33 PM

Hi Randi,

This is a difficult one. The nearest code to get is 49020. In 49020, the physician makes an open abdominal or flank incision (laparotomy)to gain access to the peritoneal cavity. The peritoneum is explored and the abscess or isolated area of peritoneal inflammation is identified. The abscess is incised and drained and inflamed peritoneal tissue may be excised.

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