Excising External Hemorrhoids

Answer:   D. 46320 The documentation indicates the hemorrhoid is external, and it has thrombosed (filled with blood clots). Although external hemorrhoids do not often cause symptoms, a thrombosed hemorrhoid can become painful and tender and require treatment. In this case, an excision of the hemorrhoid was performed. Locate and Verify In the CPT coding […]

Medical Terminology Colors: Take the Challenge

Do you know your medical terminology colors? Take the challenge to find out. The only person who shall shape your future is you. Good luck! An abnormal dark brown or brown-black pigmentation that occurs in such structures as the skin, hair, or vascular membrane of the eye. Poliomyelitis Cyanosis Erythrocyte Melanosis Answer: D. Melanosis All […]

Incision and Drainage of Pilonidal Cyst

Answer: C. 10080 10080, Incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst; simple The sacrococcygeal region refers to the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone). A pilondal cyst is a skin condition that is most often found in the sacrococcygeal region. This is the cleft between the buttocks below the base of the spine. You can learn more about pilonidal cysts and how to report […]

Condition of the Fallopian Tube: Medical Terminology Challenge

Which of the following terms relates to an accumulation of pus in a fallopian tube? Pyosalpinx Polycystic ovary syndrome Endometriosis Vaginitis Answer: A. Pyosalpinx Pyosalpinx (pye-oh-Sal-pinks) is a condition in which the fallopian tube fills up and swells with pus, according to healthline.com. The fallopian tube is part of the female reproductive system that joins […]

Office Visit for an Ankle Sprain

Answer: D. 99203, S93.491A CPT (99203) To locate the correct E/M code, we can look in the CPT coding manual Index under Outpatient services, new patient, 99201-99205. In the Tabular, 99203 can be verified as an office visit for the evaluation and management of a new patient, requiring a detailed history, detailed examination, and a […]

Pelvic Pain and Adhesions

Answer:   B. 58660 In the CPT codebook, Laparoscopic Procedures on the Oviduct/Ovary (58660-58679) are located in the Female Genital System subsection of the Surgery section. Looking in the Alphabetic Index under Laparoscopy, ovary/oviducts, it refers us to 49322, 58660-58679. Verified in the Tabular, 58660 refers to Laparoscopy, surgical; with lysis of adhesions (salpingolysis, ovariolysis) […]