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    How do I code an attempted EGD?

    My physician attempted an egd on a patient with primary tongue CA who had multiple therapies including ratiation and surgery. He was unable to advance the scope throuth the UES due to either a radiation stricture or an exclusion.

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    This is a classic example of the use of modifier -53 (discontinued procedure...due to extenuating circumstances it may be necessary to indicate that a surgical or diagnostic procedure was started, but discontinued.) I would bill this with 43235-53.
    Jenny Berkshire, CPC, CEMC, CGIC

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    Thanks. We use -53 for incomplete colonoscopy but I haven't seen an incomplete egd.

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