Valid for Submission
C15.3 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of upper third of esophagus. The code C15.3 is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code C15.3 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like carcinoma of cervical part of esophagus, carcinoma of upper third of esophagus, malignant tumor of cervical part of esophagus, malignant tumor of upper third of esophagus, neoplasm of cervical esophagus , neoplasm of upper third of esophagus, etc.
The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: esophagus cervical or esophagus proximal (third) or esophagus upper (third) .
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Carcinoma of cervical part of esophagus
- Carcinoma of upper third of esophagus
- Malignant tumor of cervical part of esophagus
- Malignant tumor of upper third of esophagus
- Neoplasm of cervical esophagus
- Neoplasm of upper third of esophagus
- Primary adenocarcinoma of upper third of esophagus
- Primary malignant neoplasm of cervical esophagus
- Primary malignant neoplasm of upper third of esophagus
- Primary squamous cell carcinoma of upper third of esophagus
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
|MS-DRG||MS-DRG Title||MCD||Relative Weight|
|374||DIGESTIVE MALIGNANCY WITH MCC||06||2.0679|
|375||DIGESTIVE MALIGNANCY WITH CC||06||1.2049|
|376||DIGESTIVE MALIGNANCY WITHOUT CC/MCC||06||0.8952|
The relative weight of a diagnostic related group determines the reimbursement rate based on the severity of a patient's illness and the associated cost of care during hospitalization.
Convert C15.3 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code C15.3 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
Table of Neoplasms
The code C15.3 is included in the table of neoplasms by anatomical site. For each site there are six possible code numbers according to whether the neoplasm in question is malignant, benign, in situ, of uncertain behavior, or of unspecified nature. The description of the neoplasm will often indicate which of the six columns is appropriate.
Where such descriptors are not present, the remainder of the Index should be consulted where guidance is given to the appropriate column for each morphological (histological) variety listed. However, the guidance in the Index can be overridden if one of the descriptors mentioned above is present.
Information for Patients
The esophagus is a hollow tube that carries food and liquids from your throat to your stomach. Early esophageal cancer usually does not cause symptoms. Later, you may have symptoms such as
- Painful or difficult swallowing
- Weight loss
- A hoarse voice or cough that doesn't go away
You're at greater risk for getting esophageal cancer if you smoke, drink heavily, or have acid reflux. Your risk also goes up as you age
Your doctor uses imaging tests and a biopsy to diagnose esophageal cancer. Treatments include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. You might also need nutritional support, since the cancer or treatment may make it hard to swallow.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
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