2022 ICD-10-CM Code D38.6

Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of respiratory organ, unspecified

Version 2021

Valid for Submission

ICD-10:D38.6
Short Description:Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of respiratory organ, unsp
Long Description:Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of respiratory organ, unspecified

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Neoplasms of uncertain behavior, polycythemia vera and myelodysplastic syndromes (D37-D48)
      • Neoplm of uncrt behav of mid ear & resp and intrathorac org (D38)

D38.6 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of neoplasm of uncertain behavior of respiratory organ, unspecified. The code D38.6 is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code D38.6 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like neoplasm of uncertain behavior of digestive and respiratory systems, neoplasm of uncertain behavior of respiratory and intrathoracic organs or neoplasm of uncertain behavior of respiratory tract.

The following anatomical sites found in the Table of Neoplasms apply to this code given the correct histological behavior: respiratory or respiratory organs or system NEC .

Unspecified diagnosis codes like D38.6 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.

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

Convert D38.6 to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code D38.6 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Table of Neoplasms

The code D38.6 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
»respiratory
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»respiratory
  »organs or system NEC
C39.9C78.30D02.4D14.4D38.6D49.1

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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)