AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 8 (August)

Coding Clarification: Neck Dissection Reporting (August 2010)

August 2010 pages 3-7 Coding Clarification: Neck Dissection Reporting Neck dissection, a surgical procedure for the evaluation and control of neck lymph node metastasis, is performed with a goal to remove those lymph nodes in the neck into which cancer cells may have migrated and to stage the cancer. Typically, the metastases originate from malignant tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract, including the oral cavity, tongue, nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx, thyroid and salivary glands and skin, but can originate from distant or unknown sites. Procedures on nonlymphatic structures that are not part of a neck dissection (eg, primary resections...

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