2022 ICD-10-CM Code C49

Malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:C49
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue (C45-C49)
      • Malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue (C49)

C49 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue. 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 Malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue

Non-specific codes like C49 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 malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.0 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of head, face and neck
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C49.1 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of upper limb, including shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.10 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of unspecified upper limb, including shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.11 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of right upper limb, including shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.12 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of left upper limb, including shoulder
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C49.2 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of lower limb, including hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.20 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of unspecified lower limb, including hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.21 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of right lower limb, including hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.22 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of left lower limb, including hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.3 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of thorax
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.4 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of abdomen
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.5 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of pelvis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.6 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of trunk, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.8 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of connective and soft tissue
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.9 for Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue, unspecified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C49.A for Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.A0 for Gastrointestinal stromal tumor, unspecified site
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.A1 for Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of esophagus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.A2 for Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of stomach
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.A3 for Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of small intestine
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.A4 for Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of large intestine
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.A5 for Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of rectum
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C49.A9 for Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of other sites

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 C49:


Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.

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.

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Information for Patients


Cancer

Cancer begins in your cells, which are the building blocks of your body. Normally, your body forms new cells as you need them, replacing old cells that die. Sometimes this process goes wrong. New cells grow even when you don't need them, and old cells don't die when they should. These extra cells can form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors aren't cancer while malignant ones are. Cells from malignant tumors can invade nearby tissues. They can also break away and spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for where they start. For example, lung cancer starts in the lung, and breast cancer starts in the breast. The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is called metastasis. Symptoms and treatment depend on the cancer type and how advanced it is. Most treatment plans may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. Some may involve hormone therapy, immunotherapy or other types of biologic therapy, or stem cell transplantation.

NIH: National Cancer Institute


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Connective Tissue Disorders

Your connective tissue supports many different parts of your body, such as your skin, eyes, and heart. It is like a "cellular glue" that gives your body parts their shape and helps keep them strong. It also helps some of your tissues do their work. It is made of many kinds of proteins. Cartilage and fat are types of connective tissue.

Over 200 disorders that impact connective tissue. There are different types:

Each disorder has its own symptoms and needs different treatment.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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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)