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CPT Code 11102 | Tangential Biopsy Of A Single Skin Lesion

CPT 11102 is a procedure in which a skin lesion is removed for biopsy using a tangential approach and examined in a pathology lab.

What Is CPT Code 11102?

CPT code 11102 is a procedure in which a single skin lesion is removed for biopsy using a tangential approach (such as shaving, scooping, or curetting).

The patient is typically given local anesthesia before the procedure. 

Then, the provider uses a flexible blade or a surgical instrument such as a scalpel or curette to remove the lesion and sends the specimen to a pathology lab for analysis.

Sutures are generally unnecessary, and the provider applies an adhesive bandage to the area after the procedure.

Description

The CPT book describes CPT code 11102 as: “Tangential biopsy of skin (e.g., shave, scoop, saucerize, curette); single lesion.”

Procedure

With the patient properly prepared and anesthetized (typically with local anesthesia), the provider uses a flexible blade to shave off the portion of a lesion, such as seborrheic keratosis, above the level of the surrounding skin.

Alternatively, using a similar blade but holding it so that it is bent into an arc, he passes the edge through the thicker inner layer of the skin and possibly into the subcutaneous tissue to remove a vesicular or bullous lesion, keeping the capsule intact.

Additionally, he may use an angled scalpel or a curette, a spoon or scoop–shaped surgical instrument, to scrape a lesion from the skin. Sutures are generally not needed for this type of biopsy. Finally, he places an adhesive bandage and sends the specimen to the pathology lab for analysis.

How To Use CPT 11102

Report add-on code CPT 11103 for each additional lesion in addition to CPT code 11102.

If the provider performs a punch biopsy of a skin lesion, report CPT 11104 for the initial lesion and add-on code CPT 11105 for each additional lesion.

If he performs an incisional biopsy of a skin lesion, report CPT 11106 for the initial lesion and add-on code CPT 11107 for each additional lesion.

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