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Injection for Costochondral Junction Syndrome

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    Default Injection for Costochondral Junction Syndrome
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    Doctor is inserting the needle at the junction of the first rib and sternum until bone is contacted then injecting Marcaine and Kenalog. This is not a joint and I can't find a specific code for this type of injection. I'm looking at 20999 but would appreciate input.

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    Our system is telling me to look at 20552 and 20553...see what you think of those.

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    Thanks for your response. Costochondral junction syndrome (Tietze's Syndrome, costochondritis) is an inflammation of the cartilage and bones in the chest wall. I did look at 20552/53 but that seems to be for muscles.

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    Smile costochondral joint injection
    Look for 20600 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; small joint or bursa (eg, fingers, toes) , Let me know what you think.

    Nidhi M, CPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhim View Post
    Look for 20600 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; small joint or bursa (eg, fingers, toes) , Let me know what you think.

    Nidhi M, CPC
    Agree! 20600 would be the best code.

    COderguy is correct, 20552/3 is for muscles, not joints.

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    Thank you all for your input.

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