ICD-10-CM Code C49.1

Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of upper limb, including shoulder

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code Neoplasm Malignant Primary

Not Valid for Submission

C49.1 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of upper limb, including shoulder. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: aponeurosis palmar ; connective tissue NEC antecubital fossa or space ; connective tissue NEC arm ; connective tissue NEC elbow ; connective tissue NEC extremity upper ; connective tissue NEC finger ; connective tissue NEC forearm ; etc

ICD-10:C49.1
Short Description:Malig neoplm of conn and soft tiss of upper limb, inc shldr
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of upper limb, including shoulder

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

  • C49.10 - Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of unspecified upper limb, including shoulder
  • C49.11 - Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of right upper limb, including shoulder
  • C49.12 - Malignant neoplasm of connective and soft tissue of left upper limb, including shoulder

Code Classification

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

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

Table of Neoplasms

The code C49.1 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.

Neoplasm, neoplastic Malignant
Primary
Malignant
Secondary
CaInSitu Benign Uncertain
Behavior
Unspecified
Behavior
»aponeurosis
  »palmar
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »antecubital fossa or space
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »arm
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »elbow
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »extremity
    »upper
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »finger
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »forearm
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »hand
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »limb NEC
    »upper
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »shoulder
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »thumb
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»connective tissue NEC
  »wrist
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»fascia [See Also: Neoplasm, connective tissue]
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»fascia [See Also: Neoplasm, connective tissue]
  »palmar
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2

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:

  • Genetic disorders, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome, and osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and scleroderma
  • Cancers, like some types of soft tissue sarcoma

Each disorder has its own symptoms and needs different treatment.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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