AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 6 (June)

Surgery Integumentary System (June 2000)

June 2000 page 11b Coding Consultation Integumentary System, Surgery, 19162 (Q&A) Question Does CPT code 19162 include a sentinel node biopsy? Is the sentinel node biopsy part of the axillary lymphadenectomy or does it warrant reporting a separate CPT code? AMA Comment Code 19162, Mastectomy, partial; with axillary lymphadenectomy, includes the removal of the sentinel node along with other axillary lymph nodes. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to report the biopsy of the sentinel node separately, as this is an inclusive part of the main procedure. Integumentary System, Surgery, 19162 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 2000; June 2000...

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