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    i have a question regarding how to code an axillary lymph node biopsy.
    it was done in an outpatient setting.

    the dr went into the mass with ultrasound guidance using a 18 gauge needle percutaneously. he then withdrew 3 core biopsies. there was no incision or closure and it wasn't an aspiration.

    any guidance would help...i have some ideas but im not 100% i was thinking 38505?
    Amber Gary, CPC

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    The 38505 appears to me to be the correct code based on your synopsis

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    Default Biopsy question

    38505 for the biopsy and 76942 for the ultrasound guidance of needle placement.

    Jbell, CPC

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