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Retromastoid Suboccipital Craniotomy for Evacuation Epidermoid-Extradural Mass

Sandra Posted Fri 10th of April, 2015 16:43:19 PM

How would you code Retromastoid Suboccipital Craniotomy for Evacuation Epidermoid-Extradural Mass. I'm thinking 61510

SuperCoder Answered Mon 13th of April, 2015 05:15:09 AM

To select the correct craniotomy procedure code, you need to determine whether the procedure being performed is for the suboccipital region or if it is a skull base procedure. Knowing the location will also aid you in selecting the correct code by knowing if it is infratentorial or supratentorial. It is seems appropriate to code 61510 when it is done supratentorial excision of the tumor, and code 61518 when it is done infratentorial excision of the tumor.

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