AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 7 (July)

Implantable Ventricular Catheter Reservoir (July 2008)

July 2008 page 4 Coding Communication:Implantable Ventricular Catheter Reservoir The implantable ventricular catheter reservoir (eg, Ommaya reservoir) is used to treat malignant brain tumors, drain the buildup of ventricular fluid, measure the presence of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and obtain samples for testing. CSF surrounds the brain and spinal cord. An implantable ventricular catheter reservoir can be used to administer medications directly into the CSF because IV medications cannot reach that area. The ventricular catheter reservoir is a port or domelike device with a small catheter attached, which is placed surgically under the scalp. The catheter goes through a small...

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