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    The physician has done a couple I&Ds on a sebaceous cyst of the back. She then took the pt to the or for wound exploration and excision. I would really like to use 20102 for this because it describes the procedure perfectly. [B]Except[B]for the part that says "penetrating wound". I read the section guidelines and that first sentence is what is throwing me off. Does anyone know if I can use this code in this situation or know of another more appropriate way to code it?

    Thanks for the advice.

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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    Did he/she, by chance, do a biopsy? If so, I was looking at 21920/29125.

    I wouldn't use 20102. Per the AMA, this code is reserved for traumatic wounds.

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    That is what was throwing me off. There was no biopsy and it wasn't traumatic. I can't find a good code that explains what was done. I hate using unlisted codes.

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    Lincoln, NE


    You indicate "wound exploration and excision" - excision of what? Do you have more details? I was leaning toward the debridement or excision codes.

    Julie, CPC

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