Good morning listers:
I am wondering what the difference is between 52005 and 52351??  I don't have a CDR to refer to today.
The procedure was cysto retrograde pyelograms no stent.
Thank you!!!Carol J. Self, CPPM, CPC, EMT


  • 52005 Cystourethroscopy, with ureteral catheterization, with or without irrigation, instillation, or ureteropyelography, exclusive of radiologic service;
    Laymans description of 52005:
    The physician passes the cystourethroscope through the urethra into the bladder. After insertion of a catheter into the ureter, the physician may flush (irrigate) or introduce by drops (instillate) a saline solution to better view structures, and/or may introduce contrast medium for radiologic study of the renal pelvis and ureter (ureteropyelogram, retrograde pyelogram). The physician removes the cystourethroscope. If a brush biopsy of the ureter or renal pelvis is also performed, report 52007.

    52351 Cystourethroscopy, with ureteroscopy and/or pyeloscopy; diagnostic
    Laymans description of 52351:
    The physician examines the urinary collecting system for diagnostic purposes with endoscopes passed through the urethra into the bladder (cystourethroscope), ureter (ureteroscope), and renal pelvis (pyeloscope). After examination, the physician removes the endoscopes.

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