AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2011 Issue 4; ASK the EDITOR

Total thyroidectomy and bilateral paratracheal node dissection

A patient with adenocarcinoma of the thyroid presents to have a total thyroidectomy and bilateral paratracheal node dissection performed. Please advise whether CPT code 60252 includes the removal of nodes from each side of the trachea during a total thyroidectomy. Are CPT codes 60252 and 38520 the appropriate codes for the procedures preformed? ...

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