Soft Tissue Tumor Codes

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February 20, 2014

Question:

I removed a lipoma from the chest that was a good size and pretty deep. I’m looking at the excision of benign skin lesion codes (114xx) and they just don’t seem to describe what I did. Please help.

Answer:

Good thing you asked for advice, because new codes were introduced in 2010 that better describe the procedure you performed. Look at codes 21552 – 21556 to see which code best describes your procedure. The codes are anatomical location-specific (e.g., face/scalp, neck/anterior thorax), depth-specific (e.g., subcutaneous, subfascial), and size-based (in centimeters depending on total excision length).