C38.2 is a billable ICD-10 code used to specify a medical diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of posterior mediastinum. The code is valid during the fiscal year 2023 from October 01, 2022 through September 30, 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms reference this diagnosis code given the correct histological behavior: Neoplasm, neoplastic mediastinum, mediastinal posterior .
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Malignant germ cell neoplasm of mediastinum
- Malignant germ cell neoplasm of posterior mediastinum
- Malignant neoplasm of posterior mediastinum
- Neoplasm of posterior mediastinum
- Primary malignant neoplasm of posterior mediastinum
- Sarcoma of posterior mediastinum
Convert to ICD-9 Code
|Source ICD-10 Code||Target ICD-9 Code|
|C38.2||164.3 - Mal neo post mediastinum|
Table of Neoplasms
This code is referenced 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.
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NIH: National Cancer Institute
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NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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