D12 - Benign neoplasm of colon, rectum, anus and anal canal

Version 2023
ICD-10:D12
Short Description:Benign neoplasm of colon, rectum, anus and anal canal
Long Description:Benign neoplasm of colon, rectum, anus and anal canal
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Benign neoplasms, except benign neuroendocrine tumors (D10-D36)
      • Benign neoplasm of colon, rectum, anus and anal canal (D12)

D12 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 benign neoplasm of colon, rectum, anus and anal canal. 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.

Specific Coding for Benign neoplasm of colon, rectum, anus and anal canal

Non-specific codes like D12 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 benign neoplasm of colon, rectum, anus and anal canal:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.0 for Benign neoplasm of cecum
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.1 for Benign neoplasm of appendix
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.2 for Benign neoplasm of ascending colon
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.3 for Benign neoplasm of transverse colon
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.4 for Benign neoplasm of descending colon
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.5 for Benign neoplasm of sigmoid colon
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.6 for Benign neoplasm of colon, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.7 for Benign neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.8 for Benign neoplasm of rectum
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D12.9 for Benign neoplasm of anus and anal canal

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Patient Education


Anal Disorders

The anus is the opening of the rectum through which stool passes out of your body. Problems with the anus are common. They include hemorrhoids, abscesses, fissures (cracks), and cancer.

You may be embarrassed to talk about your anal troubles. But it is important to let your doctor know, especially if you have pain or bleeding. The more details you can give about your problem, the better your doctor will be able to help you. Treatments vary depending on the particular problem.

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Colonic Polyps

A polyp is an extra piece of tissue that grows inside your body. Colonic polyps grow in the large intestine, or colon. Most polyps are not dangerous. However, some polyps may turn into cancer or already be cancer. To be safe, doctors remove polyps and test them. Polyps can be removed when a doctor examines the inside of the large intestine during a colonoscopy.

Anyone can get polyps, but certain people are more likely than others. You may have a greater chance of getting polyps if you :

Most colon polyps do not cause symptoms. If you have symptoms, they may include blood on your underwear or on toilet paper after a bowel movement, blood in your stool, or constipation or diarrhea lasting more than a week.

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