AMA CPT® Assistant - 2005 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery: Hemic and Lymphatic System (October 2005)

October 2005 page 23b Coding Consultation:Questions and Answers Hemic and Lymphatic System, 38500, 38525 (Q&A) Question Clarify the differences between superficial axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy and deep axillary nodes. Is a biopsy of superficial lymph nodes considered Level I and Level II nodes whereas deep axillary nodes are considered Level III (eg, codes 38500, 38525)? AMA Comment The axilla lymph are divided into Levels I through III. Level II and III would always be deep. Level I may be deep or superficial depending upon where in Level I and the patient's body habitus. Superficial nodes at most...

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