Clinical History: right neck mass

Gross Description: Received in formalin is 4 x 3 x 2.5cm parotid gland. The resection margin is inked blue. Cut sections show a well circumscribed 2 x 1.5 x 2.6cm mass with fleshy, light brown, solid appearance. There is yellow fluid coming out onto the surface which looks like pus. The mass is very close to the inked surgical margins. No stone identified. Representative sections submitted in cassettes A1-5.

Final Diagnosis: Right superficial parotid gland, excision: Warthin’s tumor, measuring 2 cm in greatest dimension. All surgical margins are free of tumor.

What is the correct CPT code?

A. 88304

B. 88305

C. 88307

D. 88309

Answer: C – 88307 – Salivary gland. The neck mass was determined to be a superficial parotid gland that was entirely excised.

What diagnosis codes are assigned?

Coding salivary Glad

Important facts: The differences from ICD-9 and ICD-10 is that in ICD-9 the diagnosis code was listed within the Tumor section of the alpha index, however in ICD-10, when you look up Tumor in the alpha index it refers the reader to the neoplasm table for the diagnosis code. It is a basic reminder that you should not code directly from the alpha index in either ICD-9 or ICD-10, you should confirm the codes in the Tabular list of the code book.


AMA CPT Professional Edition 2014

Optum ICD-9-CM for Physician Vol 1 & 2 2014

AAPC ICD-10-CM Draft 2014

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About the author

Kimberly West, CPC is National Pathology Auditing & Coding Manager of McKesson Business Performance Services.