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    Anyone have suggestions on what cpt code I should use for attempted port-a-cath?


    I accessed the right subclavian vein first and attempted to pass the wire guided into the superior vena cava. This was unsuccessful X2 and c-arm guilded placement revealed that there was some type of obstruction to passing the wire guide. I therefore withdrew the wire guide intact and put pressure dressing on the rightside and attempted the same thing on the left. I ran into the same problem on the left subclavian veing, and then abandoned the port-a-cath attempt.

    Any help will be appreciated.


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    Apr 2007
    Dickson, TN


    i would be the port a cath code w/a 53- modifier. state multiple attempts in your comment box. Either 36560 or 36561 -53 modifier!

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