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Resubmitting....angio of AVF from 2 sites.

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    Default Resubmitting....angio of AVF from 2 sites.
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    I'm really lost on this one, so need any advice you can give. Can someone please help me with this? The 2 different accesses are confusing me. Would I still only use 36147, 36148, and 45475/75962, or something in addition? Any thoughts are appreciated!

    PROCEDURES PERFORMED:
    FISTULOGRAM. RIGHT SUBCLAVIAN AND BRACHIAL ARTERY ARTERIOGRAM.
    BALLOON ANGIOPLASTY BRACHIAL ARTERY STENOSIS.
    BALLOON ANGIOPLASTY VENOUS ANASTOMOTIC STENOSIS.
    IMAGING MODALITY UTILIZED:
    Fluoroscopy and ultrasound.
    MODERATE SEDATION:
    Moderate sedation was utilized. ACCESS SITE:
    Right brachial artery, right common femoral artery, AV loop graft.
    CATHETER POSITION:
    Brachial artery via the femoral approach, brachial artery via the brachial
    approach, basilic vein via the graft approach.
    CONTRAST UTILIZED:
    Nonionic contrast utilized.
    TECHNIQUE:
    Sterile technique and local anesthesia was utilized. It was initially
    attempted to access all of the pertinent anatomy via an antecubital
    brachial approach. The brachial artery in the antecubital fossa was
    punctured with ultrasound guidance and micro-puncture technique. A 4
    French dilator was introduced into the brachial artery. Test injection of
    contrast demonstrated a high-grade stenosis at the anastomosis of at least
    80-90 percent. A 4 French dilator was nearly occlusive in this area. The
    patient was administered 4000 units of heparin. The 4 French dilator
    removed. Hemostasis achieved. This approach was abandoned.
    Via the right transfemoral approach utilizing standard technique the right
    subclavian artery was selectively cannulated. A subclavian arteriogram,
    brachial angiogram, brachial arteriogram was performed. There is calcific
    plaque in the subclavian artery.
    There is low grade, less than 50 percent axillary artery stenosis. No
    proper subclavian artery stenosis is seen. 90 percent stenosis of the
    brachial artery at the arterial anastomosis was identified.
    Upon subclavian injection the AV loop graft and venous anatomy is well
    seen. There is a 60 percent stenosis at the venous anastomosis. Otherwise
    the axillary vein, subclavian vein, brachiocephalic vein and superior vena
    cava are patent.
    INTERVENTION:
    Considering patient's symptoms it was elected to proceed with balloon
    angioplasty of the brachial stenosis. This was accomplished via the right
    femoral approach. Utilizing standard technique a long 6 French sheath was
    advanced to the proximal brachial artery. The stenotic lesion was traversed
    without incident. Utilizing a 0.018 inch platinum tipped guidewire the
    area of stenosis was dilated with a 4 mm x 40 mm balloon catheter.
    Completion study shows an excellent result with no residual narrowing.
    The long 6 French sheath was removed over a wire and the femoral puncture
    was closed with a Star Close closure device.
    At this point the right AV loop was punctured directed towards the venous
    anastomosis. The patient had been administered an additional 1000 units of
    heparin during the brachial artery angioplasty. The stenosis at the venous
    anastomosis was dilated with a 7 mm x 40 mm high-pressure balloon with good
    result. No residual narrowing or complications were encountered.
    COMPLICATIONS:
    None.
    IMPRESSION:
    THE DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION HAS DEMONSTRATED HIGH-GRADE BRACHIAL ARTERY
    STENOSIS AT THE ARTERIAL ANASTOMOSIS SUCCESSFULLY TREATED WITH BALLOON
    ANGIOPLASTY.

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    The only codes are 36147, 36148, 35475, and 75962-26. When an angioplasty of both the arterial and venous sides of an AVF are done, you can only code the arterial angioplasty.

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    Thanks, Mike. I was wondering, though, if I should also put 36216 for the cath placement in the right subclavian via transfemoral approach?

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    Sorry, I missed that. Yes you can use 36146 but you shoulf then remove 36148.

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