AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 3 (March)

Pathology and Laboratory, 83918 (Q&A) (March 1996)

March 1996 page 11-end Coding Consultation Pathology and Laboratory, 83918 (Q&A) Question If a physician orders a quantitative lab test for pantothenic acid, how do I code this in the laboratory/pathology section? AMA Comment Pantothenic acid is part of the B vitamin complex (B3), and an organic acid. For an organic acid-which is any acid, the radical of which is a carbon derivative-the hydrocarbon radical is united to COOH (a carboxylic acid) or SO3H (sulfonic acid). Pantothenic acid deficiency affects the adrenal cortex, the nervous system, skin, and hair. The typical specimens for an organic acid test are...

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