Evacuation of Cervical Epidural Hematoma

Evacuation of Cervical Epidural Hematoma

April 19, 2018

How do I code a cervical laminectomy with extradural epidural hematoma evacuation?  I was thinking about using 63265 but my co-worker said this code is for a tumor removal and not for a hematoma.

Sorry, but your co-worker is incorrect.  The code series, 63265-63268, is for laminectomy procedures to remove intraspinal lesions “other than neoplasm” so these codes would never be used for tumor removal.

Examples of extradural non-neoplasm lesions where 63265-63268 are used include a hematoma or abscess.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 04/19/18.


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