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    General surgeon performed an excision of axillary mass. Dictation reads curvilinear incison was made in the area of the palpable nodule. this was carried down to the sub Q tissue. Sharp and blunt dissection was used to approach the mass, which turned out to be in the axillary area. It was located under the pectoris muscle. Would it be appropriate to code 21555 or 21556 dx states Deep axillary mass. ? physician coded as 19160 but this was prelim .
    Thanks for your help

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    19160 is not a valid CPT code
    However based on what's written above, 21555 or 21556
    appear to be appropriate.
    Last edited by ciphermed; 04-21-2009 at 12:06 PM.
    Anthony McCallum, CPC, CIRCC, CPC-I, CCS

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