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    Default CO2 laser excision with biopsy

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    If a lesion is "sharply excised from the epidermis" with CO2 laser, and sent for pathology, would this be considered a shave removal or a destruction? Seems to me that since there was tissue sent, it wasn't destroyed. Any thoughts?

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    I don't see the lesion as "destroyed" either and excision is defined as full-thickness (through the dermis) removal of the a lesion.

    I would check the doctor to make sure this was not a full-thickness excision or the shaving codes.

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