AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 11 (November)

Surgery: Digestive System (November 2007)

November 2007 page 8c Coding Communication:Surgery: Digestive System Question: For CPT code 42894, Resection of pharyngeal wall requiring closure with myocutaneous flap, is the work of developing the myocutaneous flap included in this code or does the code descriptor indicate that the dissection of the pharynx is so extensive it will require reconstruction? Answer: CPT code 42894 does not include the work of developing a myocutaneous flap; therefore, it would be appropriate to report it separately. Additionally, if a free flap is performed for reconstruction, it should also be reported separately. Surgery: Digestive System (November 2007). CPT® Assistant. 2007...

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