AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 12 (December)

Respiratory System Endoscopy, 31622 (Q&A) (December 1998)

December 1998 page 8e Coding Consultation Respiratory System Endoscopy, 31622 (Q&A) Question Can one use the code 31622, Bronchoscopy; diagnostic (flexible or rigid), with or without cell washing or brushing, to describe a bronchoscopy that involves the insertion of a flexible fiber-optic scope down to, but not necessarily past, the level of the vocal cords? The trachea and the division of the trachea into the two main bronchi would be visualized at that time. AMA Comment CPT code 31622 is intended to be used to describe a procedure that involves the use of a bronchoscope with visualization of...

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