AMA CPT® Assistant - 2005 Issue 8 (August)

Surgery: Respiratory System (August 2005)

August 2005 page 15 Coding Consultation:Questions and Answers Surgery/Respiratory System, 32655 (Q&A) Question What is the appropriate code to report for a dry gauze pleurodesis performed during thorascopic excision-plication of bullae? AMA Comment CPT code 32655, Thoracoscopy, surgical; with excision-plication of bullae, including any pleural procedure, describes a thorascopy in which the bullae is identified and removed with a stapling device. A dry-gauze pleurodesis is also performed. Therefore, the appropriate code to report for this procedure is CPT code 32655. Surgery: Respiratory System (August 2005). CPT® Assistant. 2005; August 2005 page 15 ...

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