Excision of A Sebaceous Cyst

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Question:

What diagnosis code do we use for a sebaceous cyst – is it a “benign neoplasm”?

Answer:

Actually, a sebaceous cyst has its own diagnosis code, 706.2, so use of a neoplasm code is not accurate. You’ll use the excision of benign skin lesion CPT code, 114xx, to report the surgical procedure. Remember, many payors do not reimburse for excision of a sebaceous cyst as it may be considered a “cosmetic” procedure.