Thrombolysis Through a Chest Tube

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July 26, 2018

Question:
How is installation of tPA into a chest tube coded?

Answer:
Report this with the following codes:

 

CPT Code

Description

32561

Instillation(s), via chest tube/catheter, agent for fibrinolysis (eg, fibrinolytic agent for break up of multiloculated effusion); initial day

32562

subsequent day

 

Each of these codes is reported once per day only.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 10/30/18.

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