2021 ICD-10-CM Code C77.3

Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of axilla and upper limb lymph nodes

Version 2021

Valid for Submission

C77.3 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of axilla and upper limb lymph nodes. The code C77.3 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 C77.3 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like metastatic malignant neoplasm to lateral axillary lymph nodes, n1: metastasis to movable ipsilateral axillary lymph node, n2: metastasis to ipsilateral axillary lymph node fixed to one another or to other structures, neoplasm of breast regional lymph node staging category n1: metastasis to movable ipsilateral level i, ii axillary lymph node, neoplasm of breast regional lymph node staging category n2 as per american joint committee on cancer 7th edition , neoplasm of breast regional lymph node staging category n2a: metastasis in ipsilateral level i, ii axillary lymph nodes fixed to one another or to other structures, etc.

The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: Neoplasm, neoplastic lymph, lymphatic channel NEC gland (secondary) arm ; Neoplasm, neoplastic lymph, lymphatic channel NEC gland (secondary) axilla, axillary ; Neoplasm, neoplastic lymph, lymphatic channel NEC gland (secondary) brachial ; Neoplasm, neoplastic lymph, lymphatic channel NEC gland (secondary) cubital ; Neoplasm, neoplastic lymph, lymphatic channel NEC gland (secondary) epitrochlear ; Neoplasm, neoplastic lymph, lymphatic channel NEC gland (secondary) infraclavicular ; Neoplasm, neoplastic lymph, lymphatic channel NEC gland (secondary) limb upper ; etc

Unspecified diagnosis codes like C77.3 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:C77.3
Short Description:Sec and unsp malig neoplasm of axilla and upper limb nodes
Long Description:Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of axilla and upper limb lymph nodes

Code Classification

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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code C77.3:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
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Approximate Synonyms

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

Convert C77.3 to ICD-9 Code

Table of Neoplasms

The code C77.3 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
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »arm
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »axilla, axillary
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »brachial
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »cubital
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »epitrochlear
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »infraclavicular
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »limb
        »upper
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »pectoral
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »subclavicular
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »subscapular
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »lymph, lymphatic channel NEC
    »gland (secondary)
      »upper limb
C77.3D36.0D48.7D49.89

Information for Patients


Cancer

Also called: Carcinoma, Malignancy, Neoplasms, Tumor

Cancer begins in your cells, which are the building blocks of your body. Normally, your body forms new cells as you need them, replacing old cells that die. Sometimes this process goes wrong. New cells grow even when you don't need them, and old cells don't die when they should. These extra cells can form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors aren't cancer while malignant ones are. Cells from malignant tumors can invade nearby tissues. They can also break away and spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for where they start. For example, lung cancer starts in the lung, and breast cancer starts in the breast. The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is called metastasis. Symptoms and treatment depend on the cancer type and how advanced it is. Most treatment plans may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. Some may involve hormone therapy, immunotherapy or other types of biologic therapy, or stem cell transplantation.

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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)