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    Default cyst vs. tumor

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    Ihave an op note that states that a very hard, thick sebaceous cyst was excised from the posterior chest wall. The dr wants to use 21930 but I am leaning toward 11406. The word tumor sorta throws me off. Any thoughts on this one?

    Thanks in advance,
    Darlene Britton, CPC

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    What does the path state? If it states it was a cyst then I would use the 11xxx codes. If it is a lipoma, then the muscoskeletal codes would be appropriate.
    Last edited by bethh05; 02-10-2009 at 11:15 AM.

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    I AGREE.

    base the coding on the path since that is confirmation of malignancy(21930) or benign(114xx)

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    Default Can you post the note

    Can you post the note? If he is going beneath the subq you definitely want to use a code other than from the integumentary section.

    21930 is not restricted to only malignant tumors.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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