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    Default Release of upper labial frenulum

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    Patient had a release of upper labial frenulum.of lip. Diagnosis code is a short upper labial frenulum with binding of upper lip. Now I look up the code for the procedure and I say its cpt code 40806- it IS , release of the labial frenulum, I just cant find a dx code for it.
    I code for an ASC, and the booking was cpt code was 41115, excision of lingual frenum , wHICH i disagree, because it invoves the tongue.

    Now here is my questions ?
    1. am I i right or wrong
    2. if right, what DX should i use ? thanks

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    Your are correct, cpt 40806 is for labial frenulum; also, you can use 744.9, unspecified congenital anomaly of face/neck.

    CT ENT

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    thanks jennifer

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    Default Other Diseases of lip and oral mucosa k13.0

    I have a patient (infant) with a labial frenulum preventing proper latching and breastfeeding , ultimaly ending with inability to gain weight and malnutrition. When the Doctor did the procedure the CPT is 41010. DX using K13.0 I am wondering if this will be specific enough now with the specificity detail required. Only code with similar reference is Q38.1, however this patient did not have a tongue tie, they had a lip tie which has no specific dx. Am I correct in using K13.0 or is there any other more specific code to use? thank you

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