C77 - Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes

Version 2023
ICD-10:C77
Short Description:Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes
Long Description:Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of ill-defined, other secondary and unspecified sites (C76-C80)
      • Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes (C77)

C77 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like C77 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.

Specific Coding for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes

Non-specific codes like C77 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 secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C77.0 for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes of head, face and neck
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C77.1 for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of intrathoracic lymph nodes
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C77.2 for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of intra-abdominal lymph nodes
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C77.3 for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of axilla and upper limb lymph nodes
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C77.4 for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of inguinal and lower limb lymph nodes
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C77.5 for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of intrapelvic lymph nodes
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C77.8 for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes of multiple regions
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C77.9 for Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph node, unspecified

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