AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery: Digestive System (Q & A) (March 2011)

March 2011 page 10 Surgery: Digestive System Question: Our physician is performing an antegrade double-balloon enteroscopy. What is the difference between a retrograde and an antegrade balloon enteroscopy, and is there a different CPT code for each procedure? Answer: Antegrade enteroscopy (through the mouth) is reported with code 44360, Small intestinal endoscopy, enteroscopy beyond second portion of duodenum, not including ileum; diagnostic, with or without collection of specimen(s) by brushing or washing (separate procedure), if the procedure did not reach the ileum, or code 44376, Small intestinal endoscopy, enteroscopy beyond second portion of duodenum, including ileum; diagnostic, with or...

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