ICD-10-CM Code C72

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

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

C72 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 spinal cord, cranial nerves and other parts of central nervous system. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

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

  • C72.0 - Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord
  • C72.1 - Malignant neoplasm of cauda equina
  • C72.2 - Malignant neoplasm of olfactory nerve
  • C72.20 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified olfactory nerve
  • C72.21 - Malignant neoplasm of right olfactory nerve
  • C72.22 - Malignant neoplasm of left olfactory nerve
  • C72.3 - Malignant neoplasm of optic nerve
  • C72.30 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified optic nerve
  • C72.31 - Malignant neoplasm of right optic nerve
  • C72.32 - Malignant neoplasm of left optic nerve
  • C72.4 - Malignant neoplasm of acoustic nerve
  • C72.40 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified acoustic nerve
  • C72.41 - Malignant neoplasm of right acoustic nerve
  • C72.42 - Malignant neoplasm of left acoustic nerve
  • C72.5 - Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified cranial nerves
  • C72.50 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified cranial nerve
  • C72.59 - Malignant neoplasm of other cranial nerves
  • C72.9 - 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 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.
  • malignant neoplasm of meninges C70
  • malignant neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system C47

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)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


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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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  • Degenerative diseases, where nerve cells are damaged or die, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease
  • Diseases of the blood vessels that supply the brain, such as stroke
  • Injuries to the spinal cord and brain
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  • Cancer, such as brain tumors
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