AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 1 (January)

Surgery: Integumentary System (Q & A) (January 2011)

January 2011 page 9 Surgery: Integumentary System Question: The patient has a large 4-cm sebaceous cyst in the middle of the back. The incision was made right over the cyst, cutting through skin and subcutaneous tissue. Should this be reported from the Integumentary or Musculoskeletal system codes? Answer: The appropriate code for this procedure (excision of benign lesion codes 11400-11406 of the Integumentary subsection) would be based on the size of the excised diameter. These tumors originate from the dermis or adnexal structures and are not considered soft tissue tumors, even though they may protrude into subcutaneous tissue. Surgery:...

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