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CPT 17286, Under Destruction Procedures on Malignant Lesions of the Integumentary System

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 17286 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - Destruction Procedures on Malignant Lesions of the Integumentary System.

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