Autologous Blood Processing

CPT code 86890 is designated for the meticulous process of autologous blood collection, processing, and preparation.


CPT code:



Category I


Pathology and Laboratory


Transfusion Medicine



This code is integral to the field of transfusion medicine, ensuring that a patient's own blood is collected, processed, and stored for potential future transfusion needs. Autologous blood processing is a proactive measure that reduces the risk of transfusion reactions and infections by utilizing the patient's own blood. It encompasses the entire spectrum of procedures required, from the collection of blood to its preparation for future use.

Under what category does Autologous Blood Processing fall?

Category I

What is the billing unit for Autologous Blood Processing?

Per procedure


Modifiers can be applied as needed to specify particular details of the procedure.

Clinical use

The clinical use of this code is to prepare a patient's own blood for potential future transfusion needs, reducing the risk of complications associated with allogeneic blood transfusions.


Proper documentation includes patient information, the reason for autologous blood processing, detailed procedure notes, and any relevant test results. Comprehensive records are essential for effective medical care.

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