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  1. Default Thoracentesis
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    At first glance seems simple to code but while researching not sure what is correct, am I missing something on the vacuum bottle technique?

    Technique: Following diagnostic ultrasound of the chest, ultrasonographic thoracentesis was performed as follows.

    The appropriate entrance area was determined w/ ultrasound and marked, area was then cleaned and draped in usual sterile fashion and infiltrated w/ 1% lidocaine.

    A 2mm dermatotomy incision was made. A 6 French reinforced trocar assembly was then advanced into the pleural space. The stylet was removed and the 6 French pigtail catheter was connected to a vacuum bottle, 1 liter of fluid was ultimately removed using vacuum bottle technique.

    dx - Shortness of breath 786.05


  2. #2
    I agree with you.


    Trina CPC,CIRCC

  3. #3
    32422-is coded when sheath or catheter is used for drainage
    32421-when needle is used for drainage

    and your coding is correct

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