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    Default Help Coding I&D Deep Axillary Abscess

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    Just having trouble choosing which CPT code to use for I&D of deep axillary abscess 2 areas packed with 1/2 inch iodoform dressing DX: 682.3 Not hidraadnitis Wondering if someone would be able to help? Thank you

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    Have you looked at 23930? It's I&D of upper arm or elbow area; deep abscess or hematoma. The incision is either repaired in multiple layers with sutures, staples, and/or steri-strips, closed with drains in place, or simply left open to further facilitate drainage of infection.

    I don't think there IS a code for axillary area, so maybe this would be appropriate?


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    if it is deep in the subq we use 21501, I&D of thorax. if you look in the medical dictionary, axillary is above the 6th rib and is included in the description for thorax: between the base of the neck and the diaphram. hope this helps.

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