AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Broken Catheter Tip Retrieved via Thrombectomy

A patient was admitted for thrombosed arteriovenous graft. Aspiration of thrombus was performed to decrease the clot burden. In doing so, the catheter tip separated at the entry site of the sheath after obtaining access through much scarred tissue. Open thrombectomy was performed with retrieval of the catheter tip. What is the code assignment for the broken catheter tip? ...

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