AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Repair of Chiari Malformation

A child with Chiari malformation and syrinx was admitted for Chiari decompression. During surgery, a suboccipital craniectomy was extended down to the foramen magnum. C1 laminectomy was performed and the dura was opened. Microdissection of adhesions at the cerebellar tonsils allowed decompression of the brainstem and cervicomedullary junction. After confirming there was no obstruction over the fourth ventricle outflow, an AlloDerm dural graft was placed and the site was closed. What are the ICD-10-PCS codes for this procedure? ...

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