CPT® 33018, Under Surgical Procedures on the Pericardium

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 33018 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - Surgical Procedures on the Pericardium.

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The provider uses a needle inserted through the chest wall to drain fluid from around the heart in a patient who is newborn up through 5 years of age or in any patient of any age with a congenital cardiac anomaly; he also inserts a catheter and leaves it indwelling for continued drainage. Fluoroscopy and/or ultrasound guidance is included in this code when performed.

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