Valid for Submission
C16.5 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of lesser curvature of stomach, unspecified. The code C16.5 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 C16.5 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like carcinoma of lesser curve of stomach, carcinoma of stomach, lymphoma of lesser curvature of stomach, malignant tumor of lesser curve of stomach, neoplasm of lesser curvature of stomach , primary malignant neoplasm of lesser curvature of stomach, etc.
The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: stomach lesser curvature NEC .
Unspecified diagnosis codes like C16.5 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.
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 C16.5:
Inclusion TermsInclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Carcinoma of lesser curve of stomach
- Carcinoma of stomach
- Lymphoma of lesser curvature of stomach
- Malignant tumor of lesser curve of stomach
- Neoplasm of lesser curvature of stomach
- Primary malignant neoplasm of lesser curvature of stomach
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 C16.5 to ICD-9 Code
Table of Neoplasms
The code C16.5 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.
»lesser curvature NEC
Information for Patients
The stomach is an organ between the esophagus and the small intestine. It mixes food with stomach acid and helps digest protein. Stomach cancer mostly affects older people - two-thirds of people who have it are over age 65. Your risk of getting it is also higher if you
- Have had a Helicobacter pylori infection
- Have had stomach inflammation
- Are a man
- Eat lots of salted, smoked, or pickled foods
- Smoke cigarettes
- Have a family history of stomach cancer
It is hard to diagnose stomach cancer in its early stages. Indigestion and stomach discomfort can be symptoms of early cancer, but other problems can cause the same symptoms. In advanced cases, there may be blood in your stool, vomiting, unexplained weight loss, jaundice, or trouble swallowing. Doctors diagnose stomach cancer with a physical exam, blood and imaging tests, an endoscopy, and a biopsy.
Because it is often found late, it can be hard to treat stomach cancer. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
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