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Thread: Visit For Sentinal Lymph Node Study Only

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    Default Visit For Sentinal Lymph Node Study Only

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    We have a new patient that presents for further evaluation and consideration of sentinel lymph node biopsy. She underwent a partial mastectomy back in December in another town, however, they do not have the technology for a sentinel lymph node biopsy and she has come to us for a sentinel lymph node biopsy. The doc does an E/M encounter for this and is going to proceed with a sentinal lymph node study in the near future. What would the ICD-9 code be for this visit? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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    Generally when we do this we are checking to make sure the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes and would bill the 174.X. Hope that helps.

    Kelsey, CPC

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    Usually the code i use would be the 174.x as a secondary and whatever the reason for wanting the lymph node biopsied as the primay. If the lymph node is enlarged/swollen I would use the 785.6 as the primary and the 174.x as the secondary. You need to know why the patient is having the lymph node biopsied --- by all means if it is just because she has breast cancer than use the 174.x - However - I tend to see that post mas patients that have the lymph node biopsies are presenting with signs and symptoms related to the lymph nodes.

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