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    Default Lap appy w/abscess

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    Does 44970 include "marsupialization of periappendiccal abscess and abdominal washout? Thank you!

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default 44960

    We use 44960 when there is abscess or peritonitis.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007
    Fort Worth Texas


    44970 is for laparoscopy - 44960 is open. If we have an abscess or peritonitis that is addressed laparoscopically, we use 44979 and reference the 44960.

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