; ICD-9 Code 744.4 -Branchial cleft cyst or fistula; preauricular sinus- AAPC Coder
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Branchial cleft cyst or fistula; preauricular sinus (744.4)

ICD-9 code 744.4 for Branchial cleft cyst or fistula; preauricular sinus is a medical classification as listed by WHO under the range -CONGENITAL ANOMALIES (740-759).

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Code Descriptor and Instructional Notes
Branchial cleft cyst or fistula; preauricular sinus

Excludes: anomaly of:

cervical spine (754.2, 756.10-756.19)

larynx (748.2-748.3)

nose (748.0-748.1)

parathyroid gland (759.2)

thyroid gland (759.2)

cleft lip (749.10-749.25)

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