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Needle aspiration abdominal cavity for abscess.

Date: Mar 30, 2023


I am questioning if 10160 or 49083 is the appropriate code. The doctor dictates: "The fluid collection was accessed using an access needle. Position within the fluid collection was confirmed, and fluid aspiration was performed. All instruments were then removed. Thick-rimmed fluid collection in lateral aspect of the left lower abdomen/upper pelvis. The patient is having fluid due to a bilateral tubo-ovarian abscess and had prior catheters placed for drainage per CT report." What code would you recommend please?

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