2022 ICD-10-CM Code C46.5

Kaposi's sarcoma of lung

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:C46.5
Short Description:Kaposi's sarcoma of lung
Long Description:Kaposi's sarcoma of lung

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue (C45-C49)
      • Kaposi's sarcoma (C46)

C46.5 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of kaposi's sarcoma of lung. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Kaposi's sarcoma of lung

Non-specific codes like C46.5 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for kaposi's sarcoma of lung:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C46.50 for Kaposi's sarcoma of unspecified lung
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C46.51 for Kaposi's sarcoma of right lung
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C46.52 for Kaposi's sarcoma of left lung

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code C46.5 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Kaposi Sarcoma

Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a cancer that causes patches of abnormal tissue to grow under the skin, in the lining of the mouth, nose, and throat, in lymph nodes, or in other organs. These patches, or lesions, are usually red or purple. They are made of cancer cells, blood vessels, and blood cells.

KS is caused by infection with human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8). Most people infected with HHV-8 don't get KS. It usually happens in

The skin lesions may not cause symptoms. But they can spread to other parts of the body, especially in people with HIV/AIDS. If they spread to the digestive tract or lungs, they can cause bleeding. Lesions on the lungs can also make it hard to breathe.

Treatment depends on where the lesions are and how bad they are. Options include radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy. People with HIV/AIDS also take HIV/AIDS medicines.

NIH: National Cancer Institute


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)