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    Default CT thoracentesis and thoracostomy tube placement:

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    Hello all:
    For the below mentioned documentation is 32422 is suffice or 32551 should be added please confirm.

    The right chest wall, along the mid axillary line, was then
    prepped and draped in the usual sterile fashion. After the
    administration of local anesthesia and under CT guidance, access
    into the pleural effusion was obtained with an 18 gauge needle.
    Several cc's of serosanguinous transudative material was
    aspirated. Samples were given to Dr. Guend, the house officer
    caring for the patient, for culture and sensitivity.

    An Amplatz wire was advanced through the needle and coiled within
    the collection. The needle was removed and serial dilatation of
    the tract was performed. An 8 French multi-sidehole pigtail
    drainage catheter was then advanced over the wire and positioned
    with its distal pigtail coiled within the pleural effusion.

    Approximately 850 cc of serosanguinous transudative fluid was then

    CT guided aspiration of a right-sided pleural effusion as
    described above
    Successful placement of an 8 French multi-sidehole pigtail
    drainage catheter thoracostomy tube as described above
    Shirley CPC,CPC-H

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    I'm leaning towards 75989/32551

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    Shirley CPC,CPC-H

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