March 15, 2018
My neurosurgeon states he placed a subarachnoid drain in the lumbar spine after a craniotomy for CSF leak repair procedure. He thinks the correct code is 62350. Is this accurate?
No. You’ll use 62272 (Spinal puncture, therapeutic, for drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (by needle or catheter) instead. CPT 62350 is for placement of a catheter for long-term medical administration such as that necessary for a spinal pump; it is not the correct code for a lumbar drain.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/15/18.