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Help code Cecal Wedge please

  1. Question Help code Cecal Wedge please
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    ok so i find wedge resection for everything but cecal.

    I need help coding

    Laparoscopic appendectomy with cecalo wedge resection.

    dx is 543.9

    a small wedge of cecum below base of the appendix was taken with the appendix specimen.

  2. #2
    Look at code 44204, that is the code that we have used for this.

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    Based on the fact that 44204(column 1) bundles into 44950(column 2) as well as the last sentence in your post...

    "a small wedge of cecum below base of the appendix was taken with the appendix specimen"

    Without reading the entire report, by the way that is written, it makes me suspect that the cecal wedge was incidental to the appendectomy because it was the attachment site of the appendix. If that is the case, I would only report the appendectomy.
    Last edited by ksschroeder; 10-24-2014 at 02:14 PM. Reason: column 1 and column 2 were incorrect in first post
    Kristi Schroeder, CPC, CPMA

  4. #4
    I woukd report only the appy as well

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