Nasogastric or Orogastric tube placement CPT Codes

CPT codes for Nasogastric or Orogastric tube placement (43752) and gastric intubation with aspiration and lavage (43753) are physician only codes as mentioned in the procedure description.These codes should not be used when the respective services are not performed by the physician. Most of the times these services are performed by nurses and cannot be coded as per CPT code description.

43752 also includes fluoroscopic guidance and supervision and interpretation and hence no additional fluoroscopic S&I codes are required when reporting this service.

43752  Naso-or oro-gastric tube placement, requiring physician’s skill and fluoroscopic guidance 
43753 Gastric intubation and aspiration(s) therapeutic, necessitating physician's skill (eg, for gastrointestinal hemorrhage), including lavage if performed

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