AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Digestive System (December 2007)

December 2007 page 7b Coding Communication:Surgery: Digestive System Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT code 43247, Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy including esophagus, stomach, and either the duodenum and/or jejunum as appropriate; with removal of foreign body, when an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is performed on a patient who has a food bolus in the esophagus and the physician pushes the bolus into the stomach? Answer: CPT code 43247 would be appropriate to describe the procedure used in this scenario in which the endoscope is inserted to the level of the distal esophagus where a foreign body (eg, meat bolus) obstructs further...

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