AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery/Digestive System (October 2009)

October 2009 page 12 Surgery: Digestive System, 47715, modifier 52 (Q&A) Question: A patient underwent resection of a choledochal cyst, with stripping of the mucous and with a small part of the cyst left behind. What is the appropriate code for reporting this procedure? Answer: In an uncomplicated case, choledochal cysts are almost always completely excised and reported with code 47715, Excision of choledochal cyst. In some instances, when a choledochal cyst is resected, a portion of the cyst will be left behind for clinical reasons. In those instances, it may be appropriate to append Modifier 52, Reduced...

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