ICD-10-CM Code C02

Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

C02 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:C02
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • C02.0 - Malignant neoplasm of dorsal surface of tongue
  • C02.1 - Malignant neoplasm of border of tongue
  • C02.2 - Malignant neoplasm of ventral surface of tongue
  • C02.3 - Malignant neoplasm of anterior two-thirds of tongue, part unspecified
  • C02.4 - Malignant neoplasm of lingual tonsil
  • C02.8 - Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of tongue
  • C02.9 - Malignant neoplasm of tongue, unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code C02:

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The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.
  • code to identify:
  • alcohol abuse and dependence F10
  • history of tobacco dependence Z87.891
  • tobacco dependence F17
  • tobacco use Z72.0

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of lip, oral cavity and pharynx (C00-C14)
      • Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue (C02)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can form in any part of the mouth. Most oral cancers begin in the flat cells that cover the surfaces of your mouth, tongue, and lips. Anyone can get oral cancer, but the risk is higher if you are male, use tobacco, drink lots of alcohol, have HPV, or have a history of head or neck cancer. Frequent sun exposure is also a risk factor for lip cancer.

Symptoms of oral cancer include

  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • A mouth sore that won't heal
  • Bleeding in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Problems or pain with swallowing
  • A lump in your neck
  • An earache

Tests to diagnose oral cancer include a physical exam, endoscopy, biopsy, and imaging tests. Oral cancer treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Some patients have a combination of treatments.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • Leukoplakia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Oral cancer (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Swallowing problems (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Tongue biopsy (Medical Encyclopedia)

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