AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 2 (February)

Surgery: Nervous System (Q&A) (February 2011)

February 2011 page 8 Surgery: Nervous System Question: What CPT code is reported for a diagnostic right L5 pars injection using fluoroscopy? The patient was treated for low back pain and was under evaluation by a neurosurgeon for possible surgical intervention. The neurosurgeon requested a right L5 pars diagnostic injection to help determine pain generator. "Pars" refers to a part or portion of the anatomical structure, the spine in this case. Utilizing AP fluoroscopy, the right L5 pars was identified and a 20-gauge spinal needle was directed down to it. After careful aspiration, 0.5 cc of a 50/50...

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