CPT® 37181, Under Portal Decompression Procedures on Arteries and Veins

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 37181 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - Portal Decompression Procedures on Arteries and Veins.

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Summary

Code 37181 represents the surgical connection of veins by means of an open procedure, as opposed to a percutaneous procedure. During the surgery, the splenic vein (the vein from the spleen) is detached from the portal vein and reattached to the left kidney (renal) vein. This procedure reduces high blood pressure in the stomach and esophagus.

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