AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2013 Issue 4; Ask the Editor

Transbronchial Needle Aspiration Lymph Node Biopsy

A patient with moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma status post right upper lobectomy presents due to enlarging mediastinal nodes and planned bronchoscopy with fine needle aspiration of the lymph nodes. An endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) scope was introduced and the one abnormal lymph node was visualized and was suspicious for malignancy. An endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration was performed. What is the appropriate ICD-10-PCS code assignment? Should the “percutaneous endoscopic” approach value be assigned since a bronchoscope was used but the lymph node was not aspirated via a natural opening? ...

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