2022 ICD-10-CM Code D36

Benign neoplasm of other and unspecified sites

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:D36
Short Description:Benign neoplasm of other and unspecified sites
Long Description:Benign neoplasm of other and unspecified sites

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Benign neoplasms, except benign neuroendocrine tumors (D10-D36)
      • Benign neoplasm of other and unspecified sites (D36)

D36 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 other and unspecified sites. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like D36 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.

Specific Coding for Benign neoplasm of other and unspecified sites

Non-specific codes like D36 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 other and unspecified sites:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.0 for Benign neoplasm of lymph nodes
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - D36.1 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.10 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.11 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system of face, head, and neck
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.12 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system, upper limb, including shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.13 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system of lower limb, including hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.14 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system of thorax
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.15 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system of abdomen
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.16 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system of pelvis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.17 for Benign neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system of trunk, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.7 for Benign neoplasm of other specified sites
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D36.9 for Benign neoplasm, unspecified site

Information for Patients


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.

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)