2021 ICD-10-CM Code C50.0

Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

C50.0 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 nipple and areola. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: Neoplasm, neoplastic areola or Neoplasm, neoplastic breast (connective tissue) (glandular tissue) (soft parts) areola or Neoplasm, neoplastic breast (connective tissue) (glandular tissue) (soft parts) nipple or Neoplasm, neoplastic nipple .

ICD-10:C50.0
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola

Non-specific codes like C50.0 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 nipple and areola:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.01 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, female
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C50.011 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, right female breast
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C50.012 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, left female breast
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C50.019 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, unspecified female breast
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.02 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, male
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C50.021 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, right male breast
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C50.022 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, left male breast
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C50.029 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, unspecified male breast

Table of Neoplasms

The code C50.0 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
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »areola
C50.0C79.81D05.D24.D48.6D49.3
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »breast (connective tissue) (glandular tissue) (soft parts)
    »areola
C50.0C79.81D05.D24.D48.6D49.3
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »breast (connective tissue) (glandular tissue) (soft parts)
    »nipple
C50.0C79.81D05.D24.D48.6D49.3
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »nipple
C50.0C79.81D05.D24.

Information for Patients


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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)