AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Auditory System (December 2007)

December 2007 page 8a Coding Communication:Surgery: Auditory System Question: The patient was injected with gentamycin transtympanically through the anterior tympanic membrane of the middle ear space. She was placed in the nose up position for 20 minutes and discharged without incident. Does code 69801, Labyrinthotomy, with or without cryosurgery including other nonexcisional destructive procedures or perfusion of vestibuloactive drugs (single or multiple perfusions); transcanal, appropriately describe this procedure? Answer: Yes, code 69801 is the appropriate code to report. The transtympanic perfusion of drugs procedure is a nonexcisional destructive procedure of the labyrinth in which vestibuloactive drugs are perfused transtympanically...

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