ICD-10-CM Code C72.9

Malignant neoplasm of central nervous system, unspecified

Version 2021 Billable Code Neoplasm Malignant Primary

Valid for Submission

C72.9 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of central nervous system, unspecified. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code C72.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like anaplastic astrocytoma of central nervous system, embryonal neuroepithelial neoplasm of central nervous system, embryonal neuroepithelial neoplasm of central nervous system, ependymoma, ependymoma of central nervous system, ganglioneuroblastoma, etc

The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: Neoplasm, neoplastic central nervous system ; Neoplasm, neoplastic epidural ; Neoplasm, neoplastic extradural ; Neoplasm, neoplastic motor tract ; Neoplasm, neoplastic nervous system (central) ; Neoplasm, neoplastic parasellar ; etc

ICD-10:C72.9
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of central nervous system, unspecified
Long Description: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 C72.9:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Malignant neoplasm of unspecified site of central nervous system
  • Malignant neoplasm of nervous system NOS

Synonyms

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

  • Anaplastic astrocytoma of central nervous system
  • Embryonal neuroepithelial neoplasm of central nervous system
  • Embryonal neuroepithelial neoplasm of central nervous system
  • Ependymoma
  • Ependymoma of central nervous system
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma of central nervous system
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Glioblastoma multiforme of central nervous system
  • Glioma
  • Glioma of central nervous system
  • Malignant glioma of central nervous system
  • Malignant neoplasm of central nervous system
  • Malignant neoplasm of nervous system
  • Medulloepithelioma
  • Medulloepithelioma of central nervous system
  • Melanoma and neural system tumor syndrome
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neuroblastoma of central nervous system
  • Overlapping malignant neoplasm of brain and other parts of the central nervous system
  • Primary malignant astrocytoma of central nervous system
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of central nervous system
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of nervous system
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumor

Convert C72.9 to ICD-9

  • 192.8 - Mal neo nervous syst NEC (Approximate Flag)
  • 192.9 - Mal neo nervous syst NOS (Approximate Flag)

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

Table of Neoplasms

The code C72.9 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
  »central nervous system
C72.9C79.40
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »epidural
C72.9C79.49D33.9D43.9D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »extradural
C72.9C79.49D33.9D43.9D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »motor tract
C72.9C79.49D33.9D43.9D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »nervous system (central)
C72.9C79.40D33.9D43.9D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »parasellar
C72.9C79.49D33.9D43.8D49.7

Information for Patients


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