Valid for Submission
C44.520 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma of anal skin. The code C44.520 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code C44.520 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like anal verge finding, squamous cell carcinoma of anal margin or squamous cell carcinoma of anogenital area.
The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: Neoplasm, neoplastic anus, anal skin squamous cell carcinoma or Neoplasm, neoplastic skin NOS anus squamous cell carcinoma .
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 C44.520:
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.
- Squamous cell carcinoma of anal margin
- Squamous cell carcinoma of perianal skin
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Anal verge finding
- Squamous cell carcinoma of anal margin
- Squamous cell carcinoma of anogenital area
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
Convert C44.520 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code C44.520 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
Table of Neoplasms
The code C44.520 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.
Information for Patients
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
- Basal cell carcinoma (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Mohs micrographic surgery (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Skin lesion biopsy (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Skin self-exam (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Squamous cell skin cancer (Medical Encyclopedia)
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