AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2013 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Therapeutic Lumbar Puncture

A patient is diagnosed with meningitis of unclear etiology with increased intracranial pressure. Because of his high risk of having cryptococcal meningitis, serial spinal taps were recommended to decrease intracranial pressure. A spinal needle was advanced in the L4-5 space with free flow of cerebral spinal fluid on the first attempt. Is code 03.09 appropriate? What is the correct procedure code for this therapeutic lumbar puncture? ...

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