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biopsy intra-abdominal/iliac lymph node

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    Default biopsy intra-abdominal/iliac lymph node
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    Hi,
    If this was an open bx would it be coded 38500? If done laparoscopically how would it be coded? I only see code 38570 for a lap bx but that is for a retroperitoneal lymph node.

    thanks,
    Shena Betts, CPC

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    Use unlisted code and fee 20% more then the open code


    Quote Originally Posted by sbetts View Post
    Hi,
    If this was an open bx would it be coded 38500? If done laparoscopically how would it be coded? I only see code 38570 for a lap bx but that is for a retroperitoneal lymph node.

    thanks,
    Shena Betts, CPC

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    thanks for your reply. Somebody else suggested 49321. It's not in the lymph node section of CPT but I guess that code would probably work too.

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