Coding for biopsies, shave removals, and excisions

Murad Alam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Biopsies, shave removals, and excisions are basic procedures that dermatologists routinely perform to diagnose disease, relieve symptoms, and to treat cancers. From a coding perspective, these 3 procedures are characterized differently based on the intent and depth of the removal. Specialized biopsy codes are available for certain anatomic sites, and soft-tissue excision codes can be used in lieu of standard skin excision codes for tumors that are confined to the subcutis and below.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-311
Number of pages2
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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