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Date: May 6, 2010


Dr. Z, I am confused about the use of CPT code 49081 for "subsequent" paracentesis. I have read multiple questions/answers that are posted in the database, and my understanding is that the code may be used for separate access, on same date and case, yet the CIRCC study guide says the paracentesis must be performed at a different time. Could you please clarify?

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