C50.919 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified site of unspecified female breast

Version 2023
ICD-10:C50.919
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of unsp site of unspecified female breast
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of unspecified site of unspecified female breast
Status: Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of breast (C50)
      • Malignant neoplasm of breast (C50)

C50.919 is a billable ICD-10 code used to specify a medical diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of unspecified site of unspecified female breast. The code is valid during the fiscal year 2023 from October 01, 2022 through September 30, 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

This code is applicable to female patients only. It is clinically and virtually impossible to use this code on a non-female patient.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like C50.919 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

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Convert to ICD-9 Code

Source ICD-10 CodeTarget ICD-9 Code
C50.919174.9 - Malign neopl breast NOS
Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

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Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in breast tissue. It happens when cells in the breast change and grow out of control. The cells usually form a tumor.

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Breast cancer is a disease in which certain cells in the breast become abnormal and multiply uncontrollably to form a tumor. Although breast cancer is much more common in women, this form of cancer can also develop in men. In both women and men, the most common form of breast cancer begins in cells lining the milk ducts (ductal cancer). In women, cancer can also develop in the glands that produce milk (lobular cancer). Most men have little or no lobular tissue, so lobular cancer in men is very rare.

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