Medical Challenges

Incision and Drainage Coding (CPT) for Pilonidal Cyst
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Incision and Drainage Coding (CPT) for Pilonidal Cyst

** This post was reviewed and updated on December 17, 2023. ** The Coding Challenge Question: A patient is seen in the dermatologist’s office for a painful growth in the sacrococcygeal region that weeps fluid. A diagnosis of a pilonidal cyst is made, and a simple incision and drainage is performed with normal wound care….

Rib Fractures With Flail Chest and ORIF Coding Challenge
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Rib Fractures With Flail Chest and ORIF Coding Challenge

The Coding Challenge Question: A 35-year-old female was brought into the ED with severe chest pain and difficulty breathing after being involved in an automobile accident. The patient was the driver of a car that collided with another vehicle on the interstate highway. She sustained multiple comminuted and displaced rib fractures on the right side…