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    Apr 2007

    Default ERCP with balloon sweep

    This wording is confusing me. I know that I would code 43262 for the sphincterotomy but I want to code 43264 for the ballon sweep also but since stones are not mentioned I am hesitant to do so. Filling defects could justify the balloon sweep I believe but I am not totally sure. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    PROCEDURE PERFORMED: Endoscopic retrograde
    cholangiopancreatography )ERCP) with sphincterotomy.

    INDICATIONS: Elevated liver enzymes.


    INSTRUMENT: Olympus duodenoscope.

    MEDICATIONS: Demerol 150 mg, Versed 6 mg IV, glucagon 0.75 mg, and
    Phenergan 25 mg IV.


    TECHNIQUE: The patient gave informed consent, after the risks and benefits
    were explained to the patient. The patient was placed in the prone
    position and conscious sedation was obtained using the above medication.
    The endoscope was introduced and advanced to the second portion of the
    duodenum under direct visualization.

    FINDINGS: The major papilla looked normal and there was unremarkable gas
    pattern on the scout film. The common bile duct was cannulated with .035
    guidewire, using a microvasive sphinctertome.

    CHOLANGIOGRAM: The initial cholangiogram showed a few filling defects, but
    were possibly air bubbles. An exchange with the balloon catheter was
    performed and an occlusion cholangiogram was performed with balloon sweep
    and that confirmed the ducts are clear. The ducts were normal size and
    there was no filling defects seen. Sphincterotomy was performed prior to
    the balloon sweep and the site was observed and there was no bleeding.
    There was no filling of the gallbladder during our cholangiogram. The
    pancreatic duct was not injected or cannulated.

    1. No filling of the gallbladder. Otherwise, normal cholangiogram.
    2. Status post balloon sweep that confirmed the ducts are clear.
    3. Status post sphincterotomy.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Proceed with surgery for acute cholecystitis

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I would only bill the 43262-sphincterotomy. As the note states the balloon sweep confirmed the ducts are clear. No stones or sludge were removed.

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