AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 2; Clarifications

Transbronchial Lung Biopsy versus Endoscopic Biopsy of Bronchus

In Coding Clinic Third Quarter 2004, page 9, there was a question on how to code transbronchial biopsy and also how to code fiberoptic bronchoscopy and brushings and biopsies when the pathology report describes tissue from the bronchus as well as lung tissue. The answer advised code 33.24, Closed [endoscopic] biopsy of bronchus, for biopsy of the bronchus and code 33.27, Closed endoscopic biopsy of lung, for biopsy of the lung. Was code 33.27 assigned based on the pathology report or was it assigned to assist in coding "transbronchial" biopsy? ...

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