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Jul 19th, 2011 - wwheeler 2 

repair csf leak

Pt had sinus surgery and was brought back to the operating room 2 days later for endoscopic repair of csf leak of dural defect in fovea ethmoidalis. I have assigned code 02.12 but was wondering if there is a better rpocedure code for this. Thanks

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Jul 21st, 2011 - jschmutz   323 

re: repair csf leak

Not sure if people on this list serve code volume 3 procedures.

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Jul 22nd, 2011 - codergirlj 1 

re: repair csf leak

03.59 Other repair and plastic operations on spinal cord structures
Coding clinic 2008, 4th Qtr page 109

References:
Ingenix ICD-9 Coding book
TIP states: Assign for repairs of dural tears occurring during spinal surgeries

This should also be appropriate for sinus surgery.

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Jul 22nd, 2011 - jschmutz   323 

re: repair csf leak

Repair of the sinus dura is NOT the same as repair for a spinal dura.

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