AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 5 (May)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (May 2008)

May 2008 page 15a Surgery: Cardiovascular System, 37186 (Q&A) Question: What is the appropriate code to report for a secondary mechanical arterial thrombectomy? Answer: Code 37186, Secondary percutaneous transluminal thrombectomy (eg, nonprimary mechanical, snare basket, suction technique), noncoronary, arterial or arterial bypass graft including fluoroscopic guidance and intraprocedural pharmacological thrombolytic injections, provided in conjunction with another percutaneous intervention other than primary mechanical thrombectomy (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) should be reported for this procedure. However, it should be noted that secondary mechanical thrombectomy is not reported when performed in addition to primary thrombectomy, nor...

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