ICD-10 Diagnosis Code C72.9

Malignant neoplasm of central nervous system, unspecified

Diagnosis Code C72.9

ICD-10: C72.9
Short Description: Malignant neoplasm of central nervous system, unspecified
Long Description: Malignant neoplasm of central nervous system, unspecified
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code C72.9

Code Classification
  • Neoplasms
    • Malignant neoplasms of eye, brain and other parts of central nervous system (C69-C72)
      • Malig neoplm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and oth prt cnsl (C72)

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Glioma
  • Malignant neoplasm of central nervous system
  • Malignant neoplasm of nervous system
  • Overlapping malignant neoplasm of brain and other parts of the central nervous system
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of central nervous system
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of nervous system

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients


Also called: Carcinoma, Malignancy, Neoplasms, Tumor

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