Valid for Submission
C72.1 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of cauda equina. The code C72.1 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code C72.1 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like malignant neoplasm of cauda equina, neoplasm of cauda equina, primary malignant neoplasm of cauda equina or primary malignant neoplasm of peripheral nerves of trunk.
The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: Neoplasm, neoplastic cauda equina or Neoplasm, neoplastic motor tract cauda equina .
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Malignant neoplasm of cauda equina
- Neoplasm of cauda equina
- Primary malignant neoplasm of cauda equina
- Primary malignant neoplasm of peripheral nerves of trunk
Convert C72.1 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code C72.1 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
Table of Neoplasms
The code C72.1 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.
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