ICD-10-CM Code C39

Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

C39 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 ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:C39
Short Description:Malig neoplm of sites in the resp sys and intrathorac organs
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs

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

  • C39.0 - Malignant neoplasm of upper respiratory tract, part unspecified
  • C39.9 - Malignant neoplasm of lower respiratory tract, part 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 C39:

Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
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:
  • exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Z77.22
  • exposure to tobacco smoke in the perinatal period P96.81
  • history of tobacco dependence Z87.891
  • occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Z57.31
  • tobacco dependence F17
  • tobacco use Z72.0

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • intrathoracic malignant neoplasm NOS C76.1
  • thoracic malignant neoplasm NOS C76.1

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of respiratory and intrathoracic organs (C30-C39)
      • Malig neoplm of sites in the resp sys and intrathorac organs (C39)

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

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