Results 1 to 7 of 7

Parasitizing vein of AV fistula

  1. Default Parasitizing vein of AV fistula
    New Call-to-action
    Can anyone tell me how to code the ligation of 2 parasitizing veins of an AV fistula? Fistula fails to mature due to these veins. Report says "incisions are carried down through the skin and subq tissues and the radial and ulnar veins that were of parazitizing nature are identified and ligated."

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  2. Default
    Hello: Take a look at procedure code 37607.

  3. Default
    I did see that code but I thought it sounded like it was ligating the fistula or reducing flow in the fistula. My doc ligated 2 veins coming off of the main vein to the fistula in order to increase the flow thru the fistula.
    Do you think this code is still appropriate?

  4. Question
    I am also having the same problem. Doctor bands a tributary vessel in order to increase the flow in the AV fistula. According to Ingenix Coders Desk Reference 2010, 37607 ("Ligation or banding of angioaccess arteriovenous fistula") is used to cut off or restrict blood flow through the fistula, and *we are trying to increase it*. Any help would be appreciated!

  5. Default
    This needs more info about the sit eof procedure.
    Anyway I would like to addsome clues to it.parasitization often could mean Embolization also especially when it comes to vascular procedures. For eg, for paediatrics procedures they do parasitization by way of embolization of AVF to increase the blood fow in selective artery
    So in your case, if it was concerned with cranial/intracranial vascular/ aneurysm like stuff, more so with selective catheterization of the vessel, we can select from endovascular therapy 616xx serieswhich are for AV malformationor vascular diseases too. if aneurysm, you can select the code 61710 61711 like code sets.All based on the procedure performed by the surgeon.
    Do not take it as such I just wished to give some clue which may be /not right for your scenerio.
    Check with your physician whether the embolization is applicable
    Last edited by preserene; 10-05-2010 at 03:29 PM.

  6. Default Ligation of tributary vein near AV fistula
    In my case, this was done on the pt's forearm, ligation (banding) of a tributary vein from a dialysis arteriovenous fistula, in order to increase venous flow through the fistula. He did not ligate the fistula itself, only the tributary vein. No embolism involved.

    Thanks for any help you can give!

  7. Default
    The only other option you would have would be to bill 36832( revision of av fistula). Hope this helps.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-14-2015, 06:28 AM
  2. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-17-2014, 06:45 PM
  3. AV fistula by vein transposition
    By jenmar in forum Outpatient Facilities
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-30-2012, 03:56 PM
  4. Vein to vein anastomosis in CABG
    By dhuston in forum Cardiovascular Thoracic
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-22-2011, 02:01 PM
  5. mesenteric vein to portal vein bypass redo
    By kimcpccircc in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-29-2010, 11:37 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.