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    Default soft tissue mass

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    When coding excision of a mass, tumor, cyst, what is the magic word in the operative note that leads you to use the musculoskeletal codes? My understanding was, excision must be through the fascia and removed completely otherwise you have to use the integ section.

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    Apr 2007


    It really depends on the anatomy. It does not allows have to be through the fascia. Sometimes its subcutaneous, and there is a back code (21930) that has no depth at all. It it very important for the surgeon to document the depth of the excision.

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    Default left flank soft tissue mass

    Excision of the left flank soft tissue mass with layered closuer measuring 4 cm ?

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