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    Question Gallbladder aspiration/49080

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    I'm having a hard time figuring out what code to use for this procedure.

    History: Sepsis

    Using CT guidance, a 22-gauge spinal needle was advanced into the
    gallbladder and a small amount of dark fluid was removed and sent to
    laboratory for further evaluation. There was no gross pus identified.

    Gallbladder aspiration performed with a 22-gauge needle

    I was thinking 49080 but it almost doesn't sound right...

    Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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    I am thinking that 22 gauge needle is a fine needle and the codes are 10022, 77012-26
    Shirley CPC,CPC-H

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    Thanks! That's a big help. That thought ran through my mind but since he said spinal needle I was thinking it must have been a larger needle.

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