ICD-10 Diagnosis Code C15.9

Malignant neoplasm of esophagus, unspecified

Diagnosis Code C15.9

ICD-10: C15.9
Short Description: Malignant neoplasm of esophagus, unspecified
Long Description: Malignant neoplasm of esophagus, unspecified
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code C15.9

Valid for Submission
The code C15.9 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of digestive organs (C15-C26)
      • Malignant neoplasm of esophagus (C15)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code C15.9 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V34.0)


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  • 150.9 - Mal neo esophagus NOS

  • Adenocarcinoma of esophagus
  • Carcinoma of esophagus
  • Gastroduodenal disorder
  • Local recurrence of malignant tumor of esophagus
  • Lymphoma of lower esophagus
  • Malignant tumor of esophagus
  • Malignant tumor of esophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • Metastasis from malignant tumor of esophagus
  • Perforated carcinoma of esophagus
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of esophagus
  • Squamous cell carcinoma of esophagus

Information for Patients

Esophageal Cancer

The esophagus is a hollow tube that carries food and liquids from your throat to your stomach. Early esophageal cancer usually does not cause symptoms. Later, you may have symptoms such as

  • Painful or difficult swallowing
  • Weight loss
  • A hoarse voice or cough that doesn't go away

You're at greater risk for getting esophageal cancer if you smoke, drink heavily, or have acid reflux. Your risk also goes up as you age

Your doctor uses imaging tests and a biopsy to diagnose esophageal cancer. Treatments include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. You might also need nutritional support, since the cancer or treatment may make it hard to swallow.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • Coughing up blood
  • Diet and eating after esophagectomy
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Esophagectomy - minimally invasive
  • Esophagectomy - open
  • Swallowing problems
  • Understanding Chemotherapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)
  • What to Know about Brachytherapy (A Type of Internal Radiation Therapy) - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)
  • What to Know about External Beam Radiation Therapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)

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