AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 6 (June)

Coding Clarification: Endoscopic Injection (June 2010)

June 2010 pages 4-5 Coding Clarification: Endoscopic Injection A variety of substances can be injected into the submucosal space of the digestive tract through a sheathed needle-tipped catheter inserted through an endoscope. One of the first applications of this technique was the use of sclerotherapy to control variceal hemorrhage. Due to the success of sclerotherapy, endoscopists expanded their scope of injections and found that injection of nonsclerosing substances, such as diluted epinephrine and saline, was helpful in controlling bleeding from nonvariceal sources, such as peptic ulcers. Endoscopic injection of substances has also been used for additional conditions. Botulinum toxin...

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