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Coding for ultrasound-guided access followed by embolization

Q.

As part of an interventional procedure, our radiologist performed an ultrasound-guided transhepatic access to the portal vein. After the procedure, he embolized the access tract with gel foam and coils. Can we report this as an embolization? 

A.

No, you cannot report an embolization for closing the transhepatic tract as a surgical wound closer by any method is considered an inherent part of the procedure.