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Perforated Appendix with Large Abscess Cavity

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    Seacoast- Dover New Hampshire
    Default Perforated Appendix with Large Abscess Cavity
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    Doc did an exploratory laparotomy and drainage of an abscess cavity with placement of a closed suction drain. The appendix was not removed. This is a child of 8 yrs. I am thinking 44960 51 53. I see that according to CCI edits I cannot use 49000. 6 days later Doc removed the closed suction drain. Can this be coded with the 78 modifier? I can not use 49020 as this states does not apply to the abscess of the appendix. Thanks in advance.
    Karen Barron, CPC
    Hampton New Hampshire Chapter

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    If appendiceal abscess look at 44900.


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