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Thread: Seroma drainage percutaneous chest wall

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    Default Seroma drainage percutaneous chest wall

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    Simple-appearing bilateral chest wall seromas were re-identified on
    ultrasound examination. 8-French curve tip multi-sidehole catheters
    were placed into the seroma cavities under sterile conditions using
    local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance. The right was productive
    of approximately 120 ml of clear serous fluid. The left was
    productive of approximately 55 ml of clear serous fluid. Drains
    were secured, dressed, and attached to vacuum collection bottles.

    What would be the appropriate code? 10140 or 10160.

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    I would go with 10140

    Incision and drainage of hematoma, seroma or fluid collection

    pg. 97 of Interventional Radiology Coder

    Hematoma, seroma or fluid collection (skin, sub-q and accessory structures: 75989/10140

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