AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 12 (December)

Digestive System, 43235, 43248, 43453 (Q&A) (December 1997)

December 1997 page 11-end Coding Consultation Digestive System, 43235, 43248, 43453 (Q&A) Question My physician performed an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with dilation of the esophagus over a guide wire. We reported CPT code 43235 for the EGD and code 43453 for the esophageal dilation. Did we code this correctly? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, separate codes are not required to report the endoscopic procedure (EGD), the subsequent passage of the guide wire, and the subsequent dilation itself. All of those steps are included in a single code 43248, Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy including esophagus, stomach, and either the...

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