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    One of my docs excised a thrombosis from a superficial vein (foot).

    "...the involved portion of vein and thrombus measuring approximately 2 cm was excised in toto..."

    I was thinking thrombectomy but he feels that it should be billed as an excision of tumor.

    Any opinions would be appreciated.
    Last edited by tammster; 10-14-2010 at 11:32 AM. Reason: typo
    ~Ursula, CPC~

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    According to Dorlands, a tumor is "a new growth of tissue in which the multiplication of cells is uncontrolled and progressive; called also neoplasm." and a thrombus as "a stationary blood clot along the wall of a blood vessel, frequently causing vascular obstruction."

    Since he specifically called it a thrombus in the note, I'd go with that.
    Bruce Crandall, CPC
    North Carolina Specialty Hospital
    Durham, NC

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    Thanks, Bruce, for your help and guidance. I really appreciate it.
    ~Ursula, CPC~

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