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    One of my residents asked me how he should measure a purse string closure of a lesion excision.... He wanted to know if it was by circumference or length? Since I've never coded a purse string closure, I thought I would ask for help...
    Can anyone advise the proper way to measure this type of closure for coding? This would be for excision of a malignant lesion.

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    Milwaukee WI
    Default Simple closure?
    This sounds like it may be a simple - i.e. single layer - closure ... which is INCLUDED in the removal of the lesion and is not separately coded.

    However, to answer the question of how to measure ... across the diameter of the wound (i.e. length).

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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