AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2020 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Fat pad biopsy

An abdominal fat pad biopsy was performed due to concern for recurrent amyloidosis. A horizontal incision was made in the left mid abdomen approximately 2 cm in length. The underlying fatty tissue was excised with careful sharp and cautery dissection. The wound was closed with a running subcuticular suture. What is the code for a fat pad biopsy, CPT code 17999 or 11106? ...

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