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Subcutaneous Lipoma

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    If the integumentary system consists of the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissues then why would someone code a SubQ lipoma from the muscle/skeletal section? I am confused. Thanks!

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    I think you should read the guildlines in the CPT on each of those sections. There are set rules, and we follow them.

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    Take a look at one of the excision codes in the musc/skel section. You'll see they use the term subcutaneous. If the lipoma is deep below the top two dermal layers and in the sub-q tissue, that is more than likely the section you want.

    Don't be thrown off by titles of sections....in the "skin" section there are codes for debriding down into "bone".
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