Attempted Excision

dballard2004

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A provider attempted to excise a cyst. The provider made an incision but did not remove the cyst because he thought it to be a lipoma that had roots that extended to the muscle, so he sutured the patient and sent him to a general surgeon.

How would you code for the attempted removal of a cyst ot the left forearm? The provider thought it was a sebaceous cyst, but later thought it was lipoma. Would you use an excision code with modifier 52?

All thoughts appreciated. Thanks.
 
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