Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

Lymph nodes are the oval shaped and small organs which are located in different parts of human body. Lymph nodes are mainly near intestine, stomach and lungs and commonly found in the groin area, armpits and the neck. Immunity system involves lymph nodes which are responsible for recognizing and fighting different infections.

In lymph node biopsy, a sample of nymph node is removed from the body with the help of needle. This sample is passing on for further testing of cancer and other diseases. There are three different types of biopsies i.e. needle biopsy, open biopsy and sentinel biopsy.

Supraclavicular Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code


Supraclavicular lymph nodes are found almost 2 cm above the lung apices. CT scan is performed for the imaging view of supraclavicular region. Needle lymph node biopsy is performed in this procedure. The CPT code used for this procedure is 38500.

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Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

Sentinel lymph node biopsy is performed when there are signs of cancerous cells. The tumor cells drain in to the sentinel lymph nodes primarily, so, surgical biopsy is performed for this specific site. The tissue sampling is further tested to identify the type of cancer. The CPT code for this process is 38500 to 38542.

Axillary Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

The presence of cancerous cells in axillary lymph nodes can be better checked by sentinel node biopsy. In this procedure, a radioactive substance is injected inside the blood to trace the node and to perform surgery. The CPT code used for this process is 38525.

Mesenteric Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

Mesenteric lymph nodes are present near the abdominal mesenteric line. The mesenteric lymph node biopsy can be performed with surgical incision. A sample is obtained and then further testing is performed on this sample. The CPT code used for this process is 38570.

Ultrasound Guided Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

In ultrasound guided lymph node biopsy, an ultrasound device is placed right in front of the area, from where biopsy is to be performed. Then a needle is used to take sample from lymph nodes. The CPT code used for this process is 76942.

Cervical Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

Cervical lymph node biopsy is performed either by needling or surgical process (preferred). Cervical region involves neck and head. The lymph node sample is further sent to lab for testing and cancer diagnosis. The CPT codes used for this process are 38500, 38510 to 38530.

Groin Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

A needle is inserted in to the lymphatic system surrounding groin area and a sample of the size of grain of rice is extracted. This sample is sent to lab for further testing. The CPT code is used for this process is in the range of 38500 to 38564.

Mediastinal Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

Mediastinal lymph node biopsy can be performed surgical excision. The tissue sample from a Mediastinal lymph node is further used for analysis and confirmation of cancer cell type. The CPT code used for this process is 32674 which are combined with a range of other CPT codes.

CT-Guided Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

In CT guided lymph node biopsy, CT scan consisting X-ray imaging is performed and a tissue sample of lymph node is taken from body. X-ray imaging help to identify the site with abnormal cells. The CPT codes used for this process are 49180, 77012 and 10005.

CT-Guided Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Biopsy CPT Code

Retroperitoneal is the area found behind abdomen and pelvic cavity. The tissue sample of lymph nodes from retroperitoneal region is obtained via surgical biopsy under the guidance of CT scan. The CPT codes used for this procedure are 38570, 38780 and 38572.

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