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    What is the appropriate code for when a doctor does an aspiration of a Baker's cyst instead of an excision?
    Help please! Thanks!

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    Reader Questions: Avoid Ganglion Code for Baker’s Cyst (May 2008)

    Question: Which CPT code applies to aspiration of a Baker’s cyst?
    Connecticut Subscriber
    Answer: Assuming this was a puncture aspiration, your best bet is 20610 (Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; major joint or bursa [e.g., shoulder, hip, knee joint, subacromial bursa]).
    Watch out: Many coders mistakenly choose 20612 (Aspiration and/or injection of ganglion cyst[s] any location). But a ganglion cyst and Baker’s cyst are not the same, so this code choice is not accurate. A Baker’s cyst is a [...]

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