D16 - Benign neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage

Version 2023
ICD-10:D16
Short Description:Benign neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage
Long Description:Benign neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage
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 bone and articular cartilage (D16)

D16 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 bone and articular cartilage. 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 bone and articular cartilage

Non-specific codes like D16 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 bone and articular cartilage:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - D16.0 for Benign neoplasm of scapula and long bones of upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.00 for Benign neoplasm of scapula and long bones of unspecified upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.01 for Benign neoplasm of scapula and long bones of right upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.02 for Benign neoplasm of scapula and long bones of left upper limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - D16.1 for Benign neoplasm of short bones of upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.10 for Benign neoplasm of short bones of unspecified upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.11 for Benign neoplasm of short bones of right upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.12 for Benign neoplasm of short bones of left upper limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - D16.2 for Benign neoplasm of long bones of lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.20 for Benign neoplasm of long bones of unspecified lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.21 for Benign neoplasm of long bones of right lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.22 for Benign neoplasm of long bones of left lower limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - D16.3 for Benign neoplasm of short bones of lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.30 for Benign neoplasm of short bones of unspecified lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.31 for Benign neoplasm of short bones of right lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.32 for Benign neoplasm of short bones of left lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.4 for Benign neoplasm of bones of skull and face
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.5 for Benign neoplasm of lower jaw bone
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.6 for Benign neoplasm of vertebral column
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.7 for Benign neoplasm of ribs, sternum and clavicle
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.8 for Benign neoplasm of pelvic bones, sacrum and coccyx
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D16.9 for Benign neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage, unspecified

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Benign Tumors

Tumors are abnormal growths in your body. They can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors aren't cancer. Malignant ones are. Benign tumors grow only in one place. They cannot spread or invade other parts of your body. Even so, they can be dangerous if they press on vital organs, such as your brain.

Tumors are made up of extra cells. Normally, cells grow and divide to form new cells as your body needs them. When cells grow old, they die, and new cells take their place. Sometimes, this process goes wrong. New cells form when your body does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form tumor.

Treatment often involves surgery. Benign tumors usually don't grow back.

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Bone Diseases

Your bones help you move, give you shape and support your body. They are living tissues that rebuild constantly throughout your life. During childhood and your teens, your body adds new bone faster than it removes old bone. After about age 20, you can lose bone faster than you make bone. To have strong bones when you are young, and to prevent bone loss when you are older, you need to get enough calcium, vitamin D, and exercise. You should also avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol.

Bone diseases can make bones easy to break. Different kinds of bone problems include:

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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