C44.42 is a billable ICD-10 code used to specify a medical diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma of skin of scalp and neck. 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 neck NEC skin squamous cell carcinoma or Neoplasm, neoplastic scalp squamous cell carcinoma or Neoplasm, neoplastic skin NOS neck squamous cell carcinoma or Neoplasm, neoplastic skin NOS scalp squamous cell carcinoma .
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Malignant neoplasm of scalp
- Primary squamous cell carcinoma of skin of head and/or neck
- Squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck
- Squamous cell carcinoma of scalp
- Squamous cell carcinoma of skin of neck
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck-. the most common type of head and neck carcinoma that originates from cells on the surface of the nasal cavity; mouth; paranasal sinuses, salivary glands, and larynx. mutations in tnfrsf10b, pten, and ing1 genes are associated with this cancer.
Convert to ICD-9 Code
|Source ICD-10 Code||Target ICD-9 Code|
|C44.42||173.42 - Sqam cell ca sclp/skn nk|
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.
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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- FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
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- FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)