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    Cool CPT code to place a drain tube: axilla?

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    Patient comes in and has an abcess in the axilla area. Doc drains area and places a drainage tube. Can we bill for this and what code would you use? Doc replaced drain after two days. Thanks for your input.

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    Sioux Falls South Dakota


    For a complicated abscess, I would use 10061, incision and drainage of abscess (includes suppurative hidradenitis). This code includes placing a drain tube if needed; it has a 10 day global, so no charge for replacing the drain tube in 2 days.
    Last edited by cmcgarry; 05-25-2010 at 10:36 AM. Reason: corrected a word
    Lucinda (Cindy) McGarry, CPC-P
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