2022 ICD-10-CM Code C02

Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

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

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)

C02 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis 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 specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like C02 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

Specific Coding for Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue

Non-specific codes like C02 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C02.0 for Malignant neoplasm of dorsal surface of tongue
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C02.1 for Malignant neoplasm of border of tongue
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C02.2 for Malignant neoplasm of ventral surface of tongue
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C02.3 for Malignant neoplasm of anterior two-thirds of tongue, part unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C02.4 for Malignant neoplasm of lingual tonsil
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C02.8 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of tongue
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C02.9 for 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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code C02:


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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

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


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Code History

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