What - exactly - was "misplaced"? Are we talking the pathology report? Or the actual specimen?
If it's just the report, contact the pathologist's office and ask for a duplicate.
If it's the actual specimen .... I would code for benign lesion. I would NEVER give a patient a malignant diagnosis without the pathology report confirming that.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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