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

Transbronchial Lung Biopsy without Pathologic Confirmation of Lung Tissue

The procedure is listed as bronchoscopy due to nodular infiltrates and atelectasis and airway examination. Biopsy and washings were taken from the left lower lobe and washings from the right lower lobe. The provider has clarified that a transbronchial biopsy of the left lower lobe of the lung was performed. However, lung tissue was not identified on the pathology report. Should a transbronchial biopsy of the lung be reported? ...

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