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    Can anyone tell me if there is a specific code for drainage of "Air" in the stomach? or would an unlisted code be appropriate.

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    Did you actually mean peritoneum or stomach.
    It is understandable for' peritoneum drain", where in there may occur a necessity to remove the excessive air inflated during endoscpoy(laparocsopic procedures)- THIS IS CALLED PNEUMOPERITONEUM. When this procedure of removal of excessive air from pneumoperitoneum needed, that drainage of air is done by insertion of intraperitoneal canula or catheter for drainage temporarily- code -49420.
    For removal of the temporary cannula/catheter, you would have to use E/M code.

    Does this imply some coding sense?!
    Thank you

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    yes that is it. Thank you so much

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    wait, 49420 has been deleted in cpt 2011?

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