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  1. Smile 21235
    Medical Coding Books
    Does anyone know where I can find official documentation supporting the use of 21235 when obtaining an ear cartilage graft for repairing of a perforation of the tympanum?

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    Milwaukee WI
    Default Lay description
    Here is the lay description of 21235 from Encoder Pro
    The physician reconstructs an area of the face, chin, nose, or ear with a cartilage graft harvested from the ribs. The physician makes a small incision near the sternum through the pectoralis muscle exposing the rib where the bone and cartilage meet. Cartilage is removed from the area and the donor site is closed directly. The physician may make lower eyelid incisions to expose the defect area of the face or nose. Recipient sites of the chin or the ear may also be prepared for the rib cartilage graft. The graft is placed and held in place with wires, plates, or screws. The incisions are sutured with a layered closure. Report 21235 if ear cartilage is harvested for a graft to the nose or ear.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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