AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 4 (April)

Surgery: Integumentary System (Q&A)(April 2010)

April 2010 page 10 Surgery: Integumentary System (Q&A) Question: Would it be correct to report CPT code 10060, Incision and drainage of abscess (eg, carbuncle, suppurative hidradenitis, cutaneous or subcutaneous abscess, cyst, furuncle, or paronychia); simple or single, when a physician uses a needle to puncture an abscess that is allowed to drain by itself, without any incision or aspiration of the abscess into the syringe? Answer: No. CPT code 10060, Incision and drainage of abscess (eg, carbuncle, suppurative hidradenitis, cutaneous or subcutaneous abscess, cyst, furuncle, or paronychia); simple or single, includes both the incision and drainage of...

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