ICD-10 Diagnosis Code C78.8

Secondary malignant neoplasm of and unsp digestive organs

Diagnosis Code C78.8

ICD-10: C78.8
Short Description: Secondary malignant neoplasm of and unsp digestive organs
Long Description: Secondary malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified digestive organs
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code C78.8

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Code Classification
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of ill-defined, other secondary and unspecified sites (C76-C80)
      • Secondary malignant neoplasm of resp and digestive organs (C78)

Information for Patients


Cancer

Also called: Carcinoma, Malignancy, Neoplasms, Tumor

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