AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery: Digestive System (March 2008)

March 2008 page 15-end Surgery: Digestive System, 42820, 42821, 42825, 42826 (Q&A) Question: May a code from either the 42820 - 42821 or the 42825 - 42826 series be reported for partial ablation of tonsil tissue using a laser? Answer: Because the whole tonsil was not removed using the laser, modifier 52, Reduced services should be appended to the appropriate tonsillectomy code (ie, 42820, 42821, 42825, 42826), consistent with the procedure performed (ie, tonsillectomy and adenectomy or tonsillectomy [primary or secondary] alone) and the patient's age. Surgery: Digestive System, 42820, 42821, 42825, 42826 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 2008...

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