AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 8 (August)

Destruction of Lesions: Benign, Premalignant, and Malignant (August 2009)

August 2009 page 7 Surgery:Destruction of Lesions: Benign, Premalignant, and Malignant This article specifically addresses the similarities and differences between the destruction of benign or premalignant lesions (codes 17000-17250), and the destruction of malignant lesions (codes 17260-17286) which are found in the Integumentary Section of CPT 2009. The CPT guidelines define destruction as the ablation of benign, premalignant, or malignant tissues by any method, including electrosurgery, cryosurgery, laser and chemical treatment. This is not removal by excision or shaving of skin lesions using surgical instruments such as a knife, scalpel or other similar tools. The lesion destruction codes include...

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