ICD-10 Diagnosis Code C38.8

Malig neoplm of ovrlp sites of heart, mediastinum and pleura

Diagnosis Code C38.8

ICD-10: C38.8
Short Description: Malig neoplm of ovrlp sites of heart, mediastinum and pleura
Long Description: Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of heart, mediastinum and pleura
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code C38.8

Code Classification
  • Neoplasms
    • Malignant neoplasms of respiratory and intrathoracic organs (C30-C39)
      • Malignant neoplasm of heart, mediastinum and pleura (C38)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code C38.8 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • 164.8 - Mal neo mediastinum NEC

  • Malignant neoplasm of thymus, heart and mediastinum
  • Overlapping malignant neoplasm of heart, mediastinum and pleura
  • Overlapping malignant neoplasm of mediastinum and pleura
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of heart
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of pleura

Information for Patients


Also called: Carcinoma, Malignancy, Neoplasms, Tumor

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Heart Diseases

Also called: Cardiac diseases

If you're like most people, you think that heart disease is a problem for others. But heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. It is also a major cause of disability. There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It's the major reason people have heart attacks.

Other kinds of heart problems may happen to the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.

You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by taking steps to control factors that put you at greater risk:

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Don't smoke
  • Get enough exercise

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Pleural Disorders

Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. Between the layers of the pleura is a very thin space. Normally it's filled with a small amount of fluid. The fluid helps the two layers of the pleura glide smoothly past each other as your lungs breathe air in and out.

Disorders of the pleura include

  • Pleurisy - inflammation of the pleura that causes sharp pain with breathing
  • Pleural effusion - excess fluid in the pleural space
  • Pneumothorax - buildup of air or gas in the pleural space
  • Hemothorax - buildup of blood in the pleural space

Many different conditions can cause pleural problems. Viral infection is the most common cause of pleurisy. The most common cause of pleural effusion is congestive heart failure. Lung diseases, like COPD, tuberculosis, and acute lung injury, cause pneumothorax. Injury to the chest is the most common cause of hemothorax. Treatment focuses on removing fluid, air, or blood from the pleural space, relieving symptoms, and treating the underlying condition.

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  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)
  • Empyema
  • Hemothorax
  • Lung surgery
  • Metastatic pleural tumor
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleurisy
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