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Dx for scalp or leg lesion?

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    A scalp lesion coded before path report, if I'm right, can't be coded from the Neoplasm table under benign or uncertain nature. So I look under lesion, mass, polyp, dysplasia, etc. I can't find a code for leg or scalp under any of these headings. HELP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn Hendrickson View Post
    A scalp lesion coded before path report, if I'm right, can't be coded from the Neoplasm table under benign or uncertain nature. So I look under lesion, mass, polyp, dysplasia, etc. I can't find a code for leg or scalp under any of these headings. HELP!
    Look under lesion and then look under SKIN... the code is 709.9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn Hendrickson View Post
    A scalp lesion coded before path report, if I'm right, can't be coded from the Neoplasm table under benign or uncertain nature. So I look under lesion, mass, polyp, dysplasia, etc. I can't find a code for leg or scalp under any of these headings. HELP!
    Yes she is correct it is a 709.9 or 709.8. It works if you look under disorder and then skin. If there has been an excision however, you must wait for the path report. CPT codes for excisions have only benign and malignant choices.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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