AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 2 (February)

Surgery: Integumentary System (February 2008)

February 2008 page 8a Surgery: Integumentary System, 10040 (Q&A) Question: What is the difference between an incision and drainage procedure and an aspiration procedure? Answer: From a CPT coding perspective, an incision must be performed in order for an incision and drainage procedure to be reported; an aspiration procedure does not involve an incision. For example, an abscess formation may be drained by making an incision through the skin or mucosa in close proximity and into the abscess formation. The contents of the abscess are then removed (ie, drained) through the incision. For an aspiration procedure, the contents...

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