2021 ICD-10-CM Code D21.1

Benign neoplasm of connective and other soft tissue of upper limb, including shoulder

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

D21.1 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of benign neoplasm of connective and other soft tissue of upper limb, including shoulder. 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.

The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: Neoplasm, neoplastic aponeurosis palmar ; Neoplasm, neoplastic connective tissue NEC antecubital fossa or space ; Neoplasm, neoplastic connective tissue NEC arm ; Neoplasm, neoplastic connective tissue NEC elbow ; Neoplasm, neoplastic connective tissue NEC extremity upper ; Neoplasm, neoplastic connective tissue NEC finger ; Neoplasm, neoplastic connective tissue NEC forearm ; etc

ICD-10:D21.1
Short Description:Benign neoplm of connctv/soft tiss of upper limb, inc shldr
Long Description:Benign neoplasm of connective and other soft tissue of upper limb, including shoulder

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Benign neoplm of connctv/soft tiss of upper limb, inc shldr

Non-specific codes like D21.1 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 neoplm of connctv/soft tiss of upper limb, inc shldr:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D21.10 for Benign neoplasm of connective and other soft tissue of unspecified upper limb, including shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D21.11 for Benign neoplasm of connective and other soft tissue of right upper limb, including shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D21.12 for Benign neoplasm of connective and other soft tissue of left upper limb, including shoulder

Table of Neoplasms

The code D21.1 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
  »aponeurosis
    »palmar
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »antecubital fossa or space
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »arm
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »elbow
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »extremity
      »upper
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »finger
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »forearm
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »hand
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »limb NEC
      »upper
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »shoulder
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »thumb
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »connective tissue NEC
    »wrist
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »fascia [See Also: Neoplasm, connective tissue]
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2
»Neoplasm, neoplastic
  »fascia [See Also: Neoplasm, connective tissue]
    »palmar
C49.1C79.89D21.1D48.1D49.2

Information for Patients


Benign Tumors

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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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)