2021 ICD-10-CM Code C74.9

Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of adrenal gland

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

C74.9 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 unspecified part of adrenal gland. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: Neoplasm, neoplastic adrenal ; Neoplasm, neoplastic adrenal capsule ; Neoplasm, neoplastic adrenal gland ; Neoplasm, neoplastic suprarenal ; Neoplasm, neoplastic suprarenal capsule ; Neoplasm, neoplastic suprarenal gland ; etc

Unspecified diagnosis codes like C74.9 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.

ICD-10:C74.9
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of adrenal gland
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of adrenal gland

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of adrenal gland

Non-specific codes like C74.9 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 malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of adrenal gland:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C74.90 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of unspecified adrenal gland
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C74.91 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of right adrenal gland
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C74.92 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of left adrenal gland

Table of Neoplasms

The code C74.9 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
  »adrenal
C74.9C79.7D09.3D35.0D44.1D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »adrenal
    »capsule
C74.9C79.7D09.3D35.0D44.1D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »adrenal
    »gland
C74.9C79.7D09.3D35.0D44.1D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »suprarenal
C74.9C79.7D09.3D35.0D44.1D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »suprarenal
    »capsule
C74.9C79.7D09.3D35.0D44.1D49.7
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »suprarenal
    »gland
C74.9C79.7D09.3D35.0D44.1D49.7

Information for Patients


Adrenal Gland Cancer

Your adrenal, or suprarenal, glands are located on the top of each kidney. These glands produce hormones that you can't live without, including sex hormones and cortisol, which helps you respond to stress and has many other functions.

A number of disorders can affect the adrenal glands, including tumors. Tumors can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors aren't cancer. Malignant ones are. Most adrenal gland tumors are benign. They usually do not cause symptoms and may not require treatment. Malignant adrenal gland cancers are uncommon.

Types of tumors include

Symptoms depend on the type of cancer you have. Treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.


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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)