AMA CPT® Assistant - 2004 Issue 7 (July)

Respiratory System/Surgery (July 2004)

July 2004 page 13 Coding Consultation:Questions and Answers Respiratory System, 31633, 31629 (Q&A) Question What is the appropriate code to report for a transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy of an additional lobe? AMA Comment Prior to 2004, a CPT code did not exist for the reporting of a transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy of an additional lobe. Code 31633 was established as an add-on code to describe the needle aspiration biopsies in each additional lobe after the initial lobar needle aspiration procedure. Therefore, the appropriate code for reporting a transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy of an additional lobe is code 31633...

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