ICD-10-CM Code C44.129

Squamous cell carcinoma of skin of left eyelid, including canthus

Version 2020 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

C44.129 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma of skin of left eyelid, including canthus. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:C44.129
Short Description:Squamous cell carcinoma skin/ left eyelid, including canthus
Long Description:Squamous cell carcinoma of skin of left eyelid, including canthus

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

  • C44.1291 - Squamous cell carcinoma of skin of left upper eyelid, including canthus
  • C44.1292 - Squamous cell carcinoma of skin of left lower eyelid, including canthus

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2020 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2019. This code was replaced for the FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).

  • C44.1291 - Squamous cell carcinoma skin/ left upper eyelid, inc canthus
  • C44.1292 - Squamous cell carcinoma skin/ left lower eyelid, inc canthus

Convert C44.129 to ICD-9

  • 173.12 - Squam cell ca lid/canth (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Melanoma and other malignant neoplasms of skin (C43-C44)
      • Other and unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin (C44)

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 - Code Deleted, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Eyelid Disorders

Your eyelids help protect your eyes. When you blink, your eyelids spread moisture over your eyes. Blinking also helps move dirt or other particles off the surface of the eye. You close your eyelids when you see something coming toward your eyes. This can help protect against injuries.

Like most other parts of your body, your eyelids can get infected, inflamed, or even develop cancer. There are also specific eyelid problems, including

  • Eyelids that turn in or out
  • Eyelids that droop
  • Abnormal blinking or twitching

Treatment of eyelid problems depends on the cause.


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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. They usually form on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more dangerous but less common.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but it is more common in people who

  • Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned
  • Have light-colored skin, hair and eyes
  • Have a family member with skin cancer
  • Are over age 50

You should have your doctor check any suspicious skin markings and any changes in the way your skin looks. Treatment is more likely to work well when cancer is found early. If not treated, some types of skin cancer cells can spread to other tissues and organs. Treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and biologic therapy. PDT uses a drug and a type of laser light to kill cancer cells. Biologic therapy boosts your body's own ability to fight cancer.

NIH: National Cancer Institute


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