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Arthrocentesis

Arthrocentesis is the clinical procedure of using a syringe to collect synovial fluid from a joint capsule. It is also known as joint aspiration. Arthrocentesis is used in the diagnosis of gout, arthritis, and synovial infections such as septic arthritis.

, a needle must pass through the joint capsule’s outer layer and inner membrane (arthro means joint, and centesis means to surgically puncture). Arthrocentesis is commonly performed on the knee but can be done on any joint, such as the hip, elbow, and the knuckle of the big toe (the first metatarsophalangeal joint).

What is arthrocentesis major joint?

Arthrocentesis or Joint Aspiration. Arthrocentesis, also referred to as joint aspiration, is a procedure where fluid is drained from a joint using a needle and syringe. The fluid is sent to a laboratory for joint fluid analysis.

What is arthrocentesis, injection or aspiration?

Arthrocentesis, injection or aspiration would be medically necessary when fluid (effusion) or inflammation is present in a joint or bursa. Inflammation would be characterized by the presence of warmth, pain and/or swelling. there is localized pain at a joint or over the site of a bursa.

What are the codes for joint arthrocentesis?

Laterality Matters. When reporting codes for joint arthrocentesis, aspiration, or injection procedures, modifier LT Left side or modifier RT Right side may be appropriate. For example, a patient presents to the office for an injection of 40 mg of triamcinolone to the left hip for trochanteric bursitis of the left hip. This should be reported:

What are indications and limitations of arthrocentesis?

The following Indications and Limitations statement applies to Arthrocentesis, Small Joint, Intermediate Joint, and Major Joint. Arthrocentesis, injection or aspiration would be medically necessary when fluid (effusion) or inflammation is present in a joint or bursa.

What is an arthrocentesis injection?

Arthrocentesis involves inserting a needle into a joint or bursa to inject medication, or aspirate fluid for diagnosis or pressure relief. Diagnostic joint injections are usually indicated when there is continual and unexplained pain, discomfort, and/or malfunction of a joint.

What is joint effusion arthrocentesis?

Arthrocentesis identifies the cause of joint effusion and swelling and based on the results of joint fluid analysis, the following conditions may be suspected: In the joint fluid analysis, the cell count and differential count distinguish between non-inflammatory and inflammatory effusions.

What are the codes for joint arthrocentesis?

Laterality Matters. When reporting codes for joint arthrocentesis, aspiration, or injection procedures, modifier LT Left side or modifier RT Right side may be appropriate. For example, a patient presents to the office for an injection of 40 mg of triamcinolone to the left hip for trochanteric bursitis of the left hip. This should be reported:

What is a joint aspiration?

If you’re suffering from joint swelling or pain, then your doctor may suggest a procedure called an arthrocentesis. Sometimes known as joint aspiration, this procedure involves using a needle and syringe to remove fluid from a swollen joint.