AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) and Transbronchial Lung Biopsy

The patient has complaint of fevers, cough and an abnormal CT of the chest. The bronchoscope was wedged in the left lower lobe, superior segment and a bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed. Transbronchial lung biopsies were performed in the left lower lobe under fluoroscopic guidance where two biopsies were taken. Endobronchial biopsies were taken at the superior segment. ...

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