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    Can we use CPT 58823,if the drainage catheter is not placed(is removed after the procedure) or is it mandatory that the catheter should be left in place after the drainage?
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    Can we use CPT 58823,if the drainage catheter is not placed(is removed after the procedure) or is it mandatory that the catheter should be left in place after the drainage?
    58853 Drainage of pelvic abscess, transvaginal or transrectal approach, percutaneous.

    Documentation of catheter placement is not mandatory for this code selection. The approach is what distinguishes this procedure from 49021.

    HTH
    Danny L. Peoples
    CIRCC,CPC

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