AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 4 (April)

Respiratory System Lungs and Pleura, 32001 (Q&A) (April 1999)

April 1999 page 11f Coding Consultation Respiratory System Lungs and Pleura, 32001 (Q&A) Question Does code 32001, Total lung lavage (unilateral), involve an incision into the pleural cavity? AMA Comment CPT code 32001 was placed in the incision subcategory within the lungs and pleura section of CPT to avoid the erroneous assumption that code 32001 requires the use of a bronchoscope, and to eliminate confusion with the bronchial lavage procedure that requires the use of a bronchoscope (31624). CPT code 32001 does not involve an incision or puncture of the pleural cavity. The CPT Editorial Panel will be...

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