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Lynn Posted Wed 02nd of March, 2016 07:56:16 AM

My doc performed 38572 and posterior cul-de-sac biopsy.
What is the code I should use for the posterior cul-de-sac biopsy or is it included in the 38572?

SuperCoder Answered Thu 03rd of March, 2016 03:12:21 AM

Code 38572 describes complete removal of the lymph nodes in the pelvis and also a sampling of nodes near the aorta. While, Cul de sac is Pouch of Douglas; it is nothing but the fold of peritoneum, on the abdominal cavity side -an extension of the peritoneal cavity between the rectum and back wall of the uterus in the female human body.

So I think Code 49321 for Peritoneal biopsies seems appropriate.

Thanks,

Kavita

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