CPT® 42842, Under Excision and Destruction Procedures on the Pharynx, Adenoids, and Tonsils

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 42842 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - Excision and Destruction Procedures on the Pharynx, Adenoids, and Tonsils.

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Summary

The provider removes the tonsils, tonsillar pillars and/or the retromolar trigone (the small area behind the wisdom teeth). If necessary, he also removes portions of the maxilla or mandible that are affected. The resulting wound is so large that it is left open to be grafted during a later procedure. This procedure is often used to remove cancerous growths.

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