Not Valid for Submission
D21 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other benign neoplasms of connective and other soft tissue. 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.
Specific Coding for Other benign neoplasms of connective and other soft tissue
Non-specific codes like D21 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 other benign neoplasms of connective and other soft tissue:
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 D21:
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
- benign neoplasm of blood vessel
- benign neoplasm of bursa
- benign neoplasm of cartilage
- benign neoplasm of fascia
- benign neoplasm of fat
- benign neoplasm of ligament, except uterine
- benign neoplasm of lymphatic channel
- benign neoplasm of muscle
- benign neoplasm of synovia
- benign neoplasm of tendon (sheath)
- benign stromal tumors
Type 1 ExcludesType 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.
- benign neoplasm of articular cartilage D16
- benign neoplasm of cartilage of larynx D14.1
- benign neoplasm of cartilage of nose D14.0
- benign neoplasm of connective tissue of breast D24
- benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system D36.1
- benign neoplasm of peritoneum D20.1
- benign neoplasm of retroperitoneum D20.0
- benign neoplasm of uterine ligament, any D28.2
- benign neoplasm of vascular tissue D18
- hemangioma D18.0
- lipomatous neoplasm D17
- lymphangioma D18.1
- uterine leiomyoma D25
Information for Patients
Also called: Benign neoplasms, Noncancerous 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.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
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