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cheek biopsy

  1. Default cheek biopsy
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    Hello all,

    biopsy of the soft tissue of the left cheek via gingivobuccal sulcus incision.

    Looking at 40808
    path came back:
    adipose tissue, fibroconn. tissue w/ mild scarring, definitive evidence of neoplasm, or granulomas not seen.


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    You are right.
    When you go from within , the buccal mucosa is the first one you encounter as the cheek's component ( mucosa and soft tissues of the cheek). This buccal mucosa is also an integral part of the vesitibule. so the procedures performed on this buccal mucosa of the cheek region is included into the vestibule.

    we do not have a separate code description for this buccal Mucosal procedures; more so when it comes to biopsy.
    So you are correct with 40808.

    Have a look @ this:
    vestibule components:
    - lips
    - commissures
    - philtrum
    - labial tubercle
    - labial mucosa
    - frenum
    - buccal mucosa
    - stenson's duct
    - maxillary tuberosity
    - retromolar pad
    - pterygomadibular raphe

    buccal mucosa - soft tissue inside the cheek
    - linea alba: the white ridge of raised tissue extends horizontally at the level where the maxillary and mandibular teeth come together

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    Thanks for your help!!! Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY!

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    Jamie, thank you and you too; and a bright & prosperous New Year

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