AMA CPT® Assistant - 2015 Issue 4 (April)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q&A) (April 2015)

April 2015 page 10 Surgery: Cardiovascular System Question: CPT guidelines state that a primary mechanical thrombectomy is reported per "vascular family" using code 37184, Primary percutaneous transluminal mechanical thrombectomy, noncoronary, arterial or arterial bypass graft, including fluoroscopic guidance and intraprocedural pharmacological thrombolytic injection(s); initial vessel, for the initial vessel, and code 37185, Primary percutaneous transluminal mechanical thrombectomy, noncoronary, arterial or arterial bypass graft, including fluoroscopic guidance and intraprocedural pharmacological thrombolytic injection(s); second and all subsequent vessel(s) within the same vascular family (List separately in addition to code for primary mechanical thrombectomy procedure), for the second or all subsequent vessels...

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