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Jul 13th, 2020 - rhblevins

Open Thoracotomy

Can I please get advice on correct CPT for this procedure? Thoracotomy done in the ER. I am looking at 32100.

Procedure:
Left sided incision from sternum to axilla. Intercostal muscles cut with scissors. Rib spreader applied. Aorta cross clamped. Lung gently moved away to expose the heart. No pericardial effusion noted. Open cardiac massage, intermittent loss of organized electrical activity on monitor requiring direct cardiac defibrillation.

Thank you in advance for any help.

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Jul 14th, 2020 - ChrisW   178  1 

re: Open Thoracotomy

This was done in the Emergency Room? Probably not in real life, this is major surgery done only in an inpatient setting.

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