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    My doctor did a colonoscopy where he placed an amber tube in the transverse colon for decompression. He did this without fluroscopy and after tube was in position, got an xray to confirm placement. Would you code just as colonoscopy?

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    Apr 2007
    Kokomo, IN


    If you look in your CPT book under colonoscopy (45378) it says "with or without colon decompression" so this would be inclusive to your procedure.
    Anna Weaver, CPC, CPMA, CEMC
    Associate Auditor

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    Yes I did see that in cpt book but also has in parenthesis seperate procedure. So would I assume the seperate procedure would be for radiological services?

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