2022 ICD-10-CM Code C72

Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and other parts of central nervous system

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:C72
Short Description:Malig neoplm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and oth prt cnsl
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and other parts of central nervous system

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of eye, brain and other parts of central nervous system (C69-C72)
      • Malig neoplm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and oth prt cnsl (C72)

C72 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 spinal cord, cranial nerves and other parts of central nervous system. 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 Malig neoplm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and oth prt cnsl

Non-specific codes like C72 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 malig neoplm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and oth prt cnsl:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.0 for Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.1 for Malignant neoplasm of cauda equina
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C72.2 for Malignant neoplasm of olfactory nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.20 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified olfactory nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.21 for Malignant neoplasm of right olfactory nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.22 for Malignant neoplasm of left olfactory nerve
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C72.3 for Malignant neoplasm of optic nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.30 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified optic nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.31 for Malignant neoplasm of right optic nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.32 for Malignant neoplasm of left optic nerve
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C72.4 for Malignant neoplasm of acoustic nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.40 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified acoustic nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.41 for Malignant neoplasm of right acoustic nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.42 for Malignant neoplasm of left acoustic nerve
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C72.5 for Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified cranial nerves
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.50 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified cranial nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.59 for Malignant neoplasm of other cranial nerves
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C72.9 for Malignant neoplasm of central nervous system, unspecified

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 C72:


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.

Information for Patients


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Neurologic Diseases

The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.

There are more than 600 neurologic diseases. Major types include


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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)