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Trigeminal nuralgia balloon decompression

Deborah Posted Tue 23rd of July, 2013 22:22:53 PM

What is the correct CPT code for percutaneous balloon decompression for trigeminal nuralgia?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 29th of July, 2013 10:07:21 AM


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SuperCoder Answered Mon 29th of July, 2013 14:14:12 PM

CPT® does not include a code specifically for percutaneous balloon decompression. Your best option is to report '64999' (Unlisted procedure, nervous system) with documentation of your physician’s service and any supporting information for comparable payment. Some providers use one of the codes from '64600-64610' (Destruction by neurolytic agent, trigeminal nerve …) as a basis for valuation for the unlisted code they report for a percutaneous decompression of the trigeminal nerve.

Include diagnosis '350.1' for trigeminal neuralgia.

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