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Coding Corner | Cerumen Removal

Removal of impacted cerumen is represented by the following two CPT codes:

  • 69209 - Removal impacted cerumen using irrigation/lavage, unilateral
  • 69210 - Removal impacted cerumen requiring instrumentation, unilateral
  1. Irrigation/Lavage:
    Payers typically will not cover simple, non-impacted earwax removal. This work is included in E/M services and should not be reported separately with E/M services when performed. If impacted earwax is removed by irrigation or lavage only, use CPT 69209. CPT 69210 should NOT be reported for lavage.

    Requirements for reporting cerumen removal:
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