Thoracentesis

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US of the right chest was performed demonstrating a small right effusion. From a posterior approach employing sterile technique under direct ultrasound guidance a 5 French sheath needle/tube was employed to enter the pleural space. 210 mL of light pink-colored fluid was aspirated employing suction technique which was submitted for laboratory analysis.

Since they mention suction technique would this be 32557 or is it just 32555?

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Unfortunately the physicians don't tell me the tube was removed or left in. I guess the best way to code would be 32555 as if the tube was removed.

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Golden Rule to coded thoracentesis / catheter placement

If it ain't sutured, secured then it ain't catheter placement. It is thoracentesis only 32555.
 
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