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    Question Coding Dura Tear during another procedure

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    Can the repair be billed if the provider caused the tear while doing another procedure?

    References in writing would be appreciated.

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    North Carolina


    Depending on the procedure and the severity, typically no.

    9. If a dural (cerebrospinal fluid) leak occurs during a spinal procedure, repair of the dural leak is integral to the spinal procedure. CPT code 63707 or 63709 (repair of dural/cerebrospinal fluid leak) should not be reported separately for the repair.


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