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Nail trimming for culture

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    What is the appropriate cpt code for clipping toenails for fungal culture? Physician wants to use 11755, biopsy of nail unit. My agruement was this code was for the "surgical" removal of portion of nail with anesthesia.

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    I think you are right. In the past, I have used

    117.9 (trimming of nondystrophic nails, any number or
    G0127 (trimming of dystrophic nail, any number).

    Depending on the documentation.

    I would be interested in other input.

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    It depends on the tool he uses for the biopsy and if he actually made a surgical incision. I had a doc try the same thing and he just used nail clippers to trim the nail down.....that is not a procedure at all.

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