AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Endocrine System (December 2007)

December 2007 page 12e Bonus Feature:Surgery: Endocrine System Question: What is the correct code for a thorascopic total thymectomy? Answer: Code 60699, Unlisted procedure, endocrine system, should be reported to describe a thorascopic total thymectomy. Code 32662, Thoracoscopy, surgical; with excision of mediastinal cyst, tumor, or mass, would not be appropriate as this code represents the type of surgical approach used, but not specifically the excision of the thymus. Code 60521, Thymectomy, partial or total; sternal split or transthoracic approach, without radical mediastinal dissection (separate procedure), represents the thymectomy, however, performed by an open surgical approach as opposed to...

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