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    Default Definition for 45990??

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    Can someone help me define code 45990? The CPT book does not give a good description however my 'Coders Desk Reference' gives a more defined description but there is still a grey area.

    The physician performs a diagnostic anorectal exam. The patient is placed under general, spinal or epidural anesthesia. The physician examines the external perineal area. A pelvic examination is performed when appropriate. A digital rectal exam is performed. An anoscope is inserted into the rectum. The anal canal and distal rectum are visualized. The anoscope is removed and a rigid proctosigmoidoscope is inserted into the anus and advanced. The sigmoid colon and rectal lumen are visualized. The proctosigmoidoscope is removed.

    Here is where I need clarification - Do ALL components of this description need to be performed in order to correctly bill for this procedure? Thank you for any and all help.

    Valarie, CPC

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    This is a diagnostic anorectal exam. It is just telling you that if the listed procedures are performed, they are considered a component of 45990. I hope this helps.

    Cheryl CPC

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