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    Red face removal foreign body finger

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    does anyone know the correct code for removal of foreign body from the finger. The one I am looking at is:

    20520 - simple

    I did not see one in the Integumentary section

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    Apr 2007
    north seattle wa


    Did you look at 10120?

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    Thumbs up FB Removal - Finger

    20520 - is for head neck region FB

    26070 - is for Arthrotomy, w/ exploration, drainage, OR removal of loose FB; carpometacarl joint

    A simple FB 10120, ie splinter, glass , sewing needle (these would require an Incision and unable to remove w/ tweezers).

    If Complicated FB 10121 (as described by Encoder) you would go a little deeper than subcutaneous which involves dissection of tissues to reach the embedded FB.

    hope this helps!

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    20520 and 20525 are in the "General" section not the Head/neck section , just an fyi

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