Debridement of the External Auditory Canal

Debridement of the External Auditory Canal

 

February 15, 2018

Question:
I can’t find a CPT code for debridement of the EAC such as for Swimmer’s ear. Help!

Answer:
Actually there isn’t one! Typically the debridement is performed with a microscope so you may report 92504 (binocular microscopy) with your E/M code assuming your documentation supports it. Do not use a code such as 11000 (Debridement of extensive eczematous or infected skin; up to 10% of body surface) as the intent of this code is not for use in the ear canal.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 02/15/18.

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